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The country is struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change continues to worsen, as water levels rise in Michigan and wildfires burn in the west. Nationwide protests against police violence have been ongoing since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

And in the middle of it all, a presidential election looms. People in Michigan have some big decisions to make on November 3. 

So we wanted to know: what's on your mind this election season? In our Voter Voice series, folks from around the state will share what they've been through this year, and talk about the direction they think the country is headed in.

Terry and Brady Hessbrook
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We wrap up our Voter Voices series with a father and son who don’t see eye-to-eye on politics.

Brady Hessbrook is the senior starting quarterback at Ithaca High School, and a first-time voter. His dad Terry Hessbrook is the head football coach.

They spoke with Michigan Radio's Tyler Scott about politics and enjoying one last playoff-run together after football was almost cancelled because of COVID-19.

Khadijah Brown
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We’ve been talking to folks across the state to hear what’s on their minds this election season in our series Voter Voices.

For performing artist and activist Khadijah Brown, policing is very much on her mind as she heads to the polls.

Earlier this year she co-founded a group called Uplift Kalamazoo to help the Black community and address systemic racism in the city.

Dave Todd is a police officer in Southeast Michigan.
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

People in Michigan have some big decisions to make on November 3. So with the election just around the corner, we’re talking to voters across the state to hear about what’s on their minds in our series, Voter Voices.

Dave Todd has worked as a police officer for over 20 years in Southeast Michigan. Like many people, he's thinking about the future of policing.


Leslie Emerson and Jason Lanham
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

A lot has changed since the last presidential election. In our series Voter Voices, we're asking Michiganders how they are thinking about this year's election.

Leslie Emerson and her boyfriend Jason Lanham disagreed about who to vote for in 2016. She went for Hillary Clinton, he went for Donald Trump. This time around, they both agree on Joe Biden.

Brandon Esch
Tyler Scott / Michigan Radio

Between now and Election Day, we’re asking how 2020 has changed voters’ lives and how they think about politics.

Brandon Esch is a farmer near Fowlerville in mid-Michigan. He says he’s too busy to pay much attention to political news, but he is exhausted by the negativity of campaign season.

Chris Greenhill and Anthony Richmond
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For the next installment in Michigan Radio’s Voter Voices series, we introduce you to two undecided voters from Ypsilanti.

Chris Greenhill and Anthony Richmond are recently engaged, and Chris is pregnant with their first child. She’s also finishing her PhD and on the job hunt, while Anthony runs party bus and photo booth rental companies. So neither says they have much time to pay attention to politics.

Trump campaign buttons
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

President Donald Trump narrowly won Michigan in 2016. This year, his supporters are hoping for another victory in the state.

Rob Rodriguez, 50, is one of those supporters. He identifies as Mexican-American, lives in Howell, and is a big gun rights advocate. He thinks the governor's emergency orders since the pandemic have gone too far. He sees President Donald Trump as the only politician who truly represents his beliefs.

Michael Lynn, Jr.
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

People in Michigan have some big decisions to make on November 3. So with the election just over a month away, we’re talking to voters across the state to hear what’s on their minds.