Michigan

The Great Lakes State

Motto:
Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you)


Constitution

Until Donald Trump’s 2016 narrow win over Hillary Clinton, Michigan had voted for Democratic candidates since the mid-eighties. So perhaps it is not a surprise that Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 election. However, in 2020, allegations about widespread misconduct plagued Michigan and its elected officials. Complaints included software problems with the voting machines, lack of access for poll challengers, vote tallies not balancing, and threats against the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

Most of the lawsuits filed – both by the Trump Campaign and individual voters – revolve around activity in Wayne County, home to Detroit and about 11% of the state’s total vote count. And within Wayne County, there is only one facility, the TCF Center, authorized to count votes; TCF is also used to consolidate, collect and tabulate all ballots for the county.

By mid-November, the lawsuits have been largely unsuccessful. Most of the complaints have been labeled as baseless, and yet there is still no explanation for the highly unusual conduct.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxYes No Changes SB286

IN SENATE


See page 3 line 6 of bill

Mandates that ballot drop boxes close at 5:00 PM.
Return Deadline7PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Michigan averages a 58% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.