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Detroit Elections

Detour is producing stories for the 2020 presidential election that help readers vote effectively, safely and confidently, involving you in the process to make sure we’re serving your information needs and delivering you community-driven journalism, resources and context that breaks out of the daily news cycle. We’ll break down what’s on your 2020 elections ballot, explain the ins-and-outs of voting from home, track key news from local races and monitor voting issues in the Detroit area — from absentee ballot delivery to polling place changes. Our coverage will continue to be guided by you. We’ll answer your questions about voting, candidates and ballot proposals, and we will focus on the issues you’ve said matter most to you. Read more about our election coverage plan here.

ballot drop box in detroit with road construction that restricts access
"The architecture in Detroit is very old, and a lot of polling locations are set up in this old architecture so there are always a lot of issues around mobility and access to voting machines here."
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detroit poll workers
Detroit has secured 10,000 poll workers for Election Day. We look at the state of poll working and how the city is preparing for Nov. 3.
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Black women suffragists in the early 1900s.
Easier access to voting is important in any election season, but in a pandemic it’s vital -- and there are some particular implications for women. Sharon Dolente of the ACLU of MIchigan is one of the women fighting to ensure voting access.
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mural at matrix theater, where electoral chaotic event will take place
Welcome to The Electoral Chaotic, where you can reflect on the role of community leaders -- or, rage-smash a cupcake.
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naacp texts Black voter turnout Detroit
The NAACP's Black Voters Change Lives program aims to increase turnout in Detroit and other areas, relying on texts and other no-contact canvassing.
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early voting detroit return absentee ballot in person
With less than two weeks left until Election Day, there are still a few ways to vote early in Detroit. Here's what to know about absentee voting and what to do instead of mailing your ballot.
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We’ve got three open slots for the Detroit school board this election season—and 14 candidates. How to decide? Detour did some digging to compile details for you.
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person holding a cell phone. proposal 2 michigan detroit
"It will send a strong message to not only law enforcement, but community members that we still have a bit of our fight in protecting our civil liberties."
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judicial races detroit ballot election michigan
Don’t overlook the judicial races on your Detroit ballot this election -- here are the candidates running for Michigan Supreme Court and Wayne County's 3rd Circuit Court.
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Michigan will not allow people to openly carry guns at or near polling places on Election Day in an effort to limit voter intimidation, the state's top election official said Friday.
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Michigan’s Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the nation this election.
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Kayaking at Belle Isle, state park in Detroit. Proposal 1 on Michigan ballots this election asks voters to make decisions about how public funds for parks and recreation should be spent.
Funding for parks and public lands sounds like an easy yes for conservationists -- but that’s an oversimplification of what’s at stake with Proposal 1, and not all environmentalists agree on this issue.
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