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The Michigan Senate has voted to advance a set of election-related bills. Colin Jackson has more.

Debbie Dingell
Michigan House Democrats /

Suicide bombers on Thursday hit the airport in Kabul causing injury and death. There has been harsh criticism of the Biden withdrawal plan and its execution. Meantime, a major protest is scheduled for Saturday in Washington D.C. to pressure Congress to pass measures to protect and enhance voting rights. 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) joined WEMU's David Fair to tackle both topics. 

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As life continues to move towards pre-pandemic activity levels, we’re seeing more and more opportunities for in-person engagement. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with the Washtenaw County director of elections, Ed Golembiewski, about some new information about what is happening now there.


Voter turnout was just over 18% in several local elections that took place in Washtenaw County on Tuesday. WEMU's Lisa Barry has the full story:

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The Washtenaw County Elections Department continues to see an increase in voter registration.  

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From registering thousands of young Ann Arbor area residents to vote to informing the community about absentee ballots and other important election issues, the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area has been working diligently to ensure democracy, especially during this past important political year.  Lisa Barry talks with local league president Joan Sampieri about those efforts and the league's plans to stay active in the new year.

Desirae Simmons
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With the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and a highly volatile election season, 2020 has been a year of discontent.  Desiraé Simmons is co-director of the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice.  She says the good news is more people have become engaged and are working to take action, but it has to continue to grow.  Simmons joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss the growing importance of civic engagement in this week's "Washtenaw United."

Jorge Avellan

While over 161,000 people voted absentee in the November 3rd general election in Washtenaw County, others decided to vote in person.  WEMU’s Jorge Avellan spoke with several of them.

Democracy Rally To Be Held On Wednesday At U-M

Nov 3, 2020
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A democracy rally will be held on Wednesday, November 4th at the University of Michigan’s Diag.  

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There is still time to obtain a new ballot for today’s November 3rd general election, if you made a mistake on your absentee ballot. 

Even though as many as three-fourths of Washtenaw County voters will be voting by absent voter ballots, according to local election officials, there will be some who vote in person on Tuesday.

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with county director of elections Ed Golembiewski and Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton about local law enforcement precautions being put in place to make sure voters are safe.

Ypsilanti Township

The Civic Center building in Ypsilanti Township will be open only for voter registration and voting Monday, November 2nd and Tuesday, November 3rd.

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City and township clerk offices across Washtenaw County will have extended weekend hours this week.  

Safety Tips For Voting In Person Next Week

Oct 28, 2020
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For those planning to vote in person next week for the November 3rd general election, there are safety steps health experts recommend.  

Dana Nessel
State of Michigan /

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says her office is ready to prosecute any efforts to illegally use intimidate or misinform voters for the November elections.  Rick Pluta has more.

There were a two contested primary races in Ypsilanti Township on Tuesday. 

There were a number of ballot proposals decided on Tuesday, including two countywide measures. All of them passed. 

It was a close race for 22nd Circuit Court in Washtenaw County.

On Primary Tuesday, Superior Township featured races for Clerk and Township Board of Trustees. 

There was only one contested race in Lodi Township and that was for the Supervisor's position.  

In Lyndon Township, the only contested race was for Township Board of Trustees. 

In Pittsfield Township, there werte contested Democratic primary races for Supervior, Treasurer, Township Board of Trustees and Parks Commission. There were no Republicans on the ballot.

Will Hathaway won the Democratic primary race for Scio Township Supervisor of Jillian Kerry. He will not face Republican opposition in November. 

There were three contested primary races among candidates for the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. They were in the 3rd, 4th and 5th districts. 

For a second time, Washtenaw County Sheriff, Jerry Clayton, has fended off a challenge from longtime law enforcement professional, Ken Magee. In Tuesday's Democratic primary race, Clayton garnered over 75-percent of the vote. Clayton has no Republican opposition in November. 

In the November, 2016 general election, Magee ran as a Republican against Clayton and lost. Clayton was first elected Sheriff in November, 2008. 

The bid to win another 4-year term as Washtenaw County Clerk/Register of Deeds continues for Lawrence Kestenbaum.  Kestenbaum garnered more votes than either of the two challengers in the  democratic primary. He received over 67-percent of the vote. Doristeen Taylor of Ann Arbor had just over 17-percent and Pecola Lewis of Ypsilanti won a little more than 15-percent of votes.

Kestenbaum faces a Republican challenge from Gary Greiner of Ann Arbor in November. Greiner was unopposed Tuesday. 

The November general election races for those seeking election to the State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County have taken shape. 

Races for Clerk and Board of Trustees were held Tuesday in York Township. 

Four Republicans and two Democrats are moving on to the November general election in the race for Webster Township Board of Trustees. 

In Sharon Township, incumbent Supervisor, Peter Psarouthakis, won his Republican primary race.