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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.

Track results with us here, and follow our live updates for essential news about the election and what happens after the polls close for the city and state.

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Whether tuning in to meetings, checking representatives’ social media or writing letters, here’s a guide to staying engaged in Detroit politics.
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Ranked-choice voting involves ranking candidates from most to least preferred and gives voters input even if their first-choice candidate is not victorious. Its use in Eastpointe marked the first time that the Department of Justice implemented the system as a remedy for a Voting Rights Act violation.
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Voting issues reported to an election hotline in Michigan included confusion over voter ID requirements and absentee voting.
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Chandra Baker described her experience running for judge of Michigan’s 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit bluntly. “Many people did not think I could win,” she said.
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Amid Michigan’s record-breaking November turnout, there was a smaller share of rejected absentee ballots than in the primary.
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Yes, 70% of Detroit’s absentee voter counting boards were out of balance -- but what does that really mean?
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Norm Shinkle, Republican member of the Michigan Board of Canvassers, questions former state Elections Director Christopher Thomas before the Board completes certification of Michigan election results.
With their certification of Michigan's election results, the Board of State Canvassers continues a decades-long bipartisan tradition.
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The Wayne County Board of Canvassers certified the election results and called for an audit of out-of-balance precincts after an earlier deadlock.
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Democrats canvass to engage voters and increase turnout in Detroit ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
Political experts and grassroots organizers we spoke to noted demographic changes in the region and highlighted the importance of the minority vote from communities surrounding Detroit. But they also suggested the Biden campaign failed to excite Detroit voters and connect with them about pressing issues in their daily lives. Most agreed: if Michigan Democrats want to sustain their wins in the coming years, they need to pay closer attention to the state’s largest voting ground -- starting now.
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Michigan is now in the canvassing stage of the post-election process. The unofficial count is in, and county canvassing boards throughout the state are working to verify it.
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A closer look at Metro Detroit presidential election results, from a resounding Biden victory in Oakland County to turnout gains across the board.
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The state offered election information in nine languages this year. For voters, that meant new resources -- and some continued frustrations.
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