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Real goal of GOP petition drive is to make voting harder | Opinion

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[Opinion Eric Schneidewind] During my time as volunteer president of AARP in Michigan and nationally, I saw firsthand how passionate older Americans are about voting and preventing identity theft. That’s why I’m so concerned about the Michigan Republican Party’s petition drive that would make it harder for all Michiganders to vote, and expose to increased […]

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Draft maps for new Michigan legislative districts currently favor Republicans, analysis shows

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During a Voters Not Politicans press call Monday morning, Ruth Greenwood, director of the Election Law Clinic at Harvard Law School, said it’s very possible for the commission to come up with maps that are politically fair while meeting other requirements. “There are probably millions and millions of maps that would satisfy all of the […]

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This VNP staffer wears so many hats he should open a millinery

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October 5, 2021 If you have volunteered with VNP, then chances are you have crossed paths with Charlie Beall. Charlie is a proud flatlander from Central Illinois, but we will forgive him of that minor transgression because, after all, the Midwest is best. Charlie’s official title at VNP is Data & Targeting Director, which involves […]

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Volunteer SuperStar Shawn Manley Wants Your Help

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October 5, 2021 VNP Volunteer Shawn Manley was born and raised in Detroit. He is a bike enthusiast and passionate about his community. Shawn volunteers for a variety of organizations, including the Detroit Receiving Board as an elections worker and a dialysis support group, which he leads. Shawn has been volunteering with VNP since 2018 […]

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VNP needs your eyes on this anti-voter petition and warn everyone you know to decline to sign

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By Kim Murphy-Kovalick | October 5, 2021 The GOP-supported “Secure MI Vote” group received form and summary approval from the Board of State Canvassers on September 27, an administrative step that clears the way for them to collect signatures on the petition. Their circulators are expected to be in the field with petitions at any moment. […]

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Michigan Republicans Ramp Up Voter Suppression

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Redistricting advocates hoping for fair maps after commission analysis found GOP lean

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During a media briefing Monday, Voters Not Politicians Executive Director Nancy Wang said the panel must finalize maps that don’t contain broad efficiency gaps in order to ensure lines that aren’t gerrymandered, or drawn in a way that favors one party over another.  “There’s not a choice that needs to be made between respecting (communities […]

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Ballot drive, suits eyed to fight Michigan vote reforms blasted as suppression

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Voting rights groups, advocacy organizations and Democrats are launching aggressive campaigns to fight a new Republican petition drive that aims to tighten Michigan voting and election laws. The Michigan Democratic Party is preparing a “decline to sign” campaign and has a “team of lawyers” that is picking apart the petition language to prepare for potential […]

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Why I Give

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By Steve Dobson | September 9, 2021 I’m a lifelong Michigander, and my hazy memories from junior high school Civics class include wondering why flagrant gerrymandering was allowed to warp our elections.  Fast forward 60 years, I became aware of VNP during the Proposal 2 ballot initiative in 2018 and heard about a young woman […]

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Meet Amanda: VNP’s Dog Whisperer with a Wry Wit

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White Pigeon resident and VNP Regional Organizer, Amanda Lammon, started working for VNP in the summer of 2020 as the VoteSafe campaign kicked into high gear. She stayed on to support VNP’s pro-voter work, including the Freedom to Vote campaign. Amanda brings to VNP not only her expertise in organizing, but a delightful sense of […]

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