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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.


Lisa Barry

The 2020 General Election is not only historic because voters are choosing a president, but because we’re doing it in a pandemic.  And in Michigan, there are some new changes in effect that impacting the way people vote.

Lisa Barry spoke with Washtenaw County’s Director of Elections Ed Golembiewski about them and to find out how things are going at the polls.

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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. 

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To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Washtenaw County opened its winter warming shelters at area churches early this year.  

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.


Ann Arbor Public Schools

Ann Arbor Public Schools have asked the Michigan High School Athletic Association to delay the start of the winter high school sports season until after Thanksgiving.  

Mr. B
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Ann Arbor area jazz and blues pianist "Mr. B" Mark Braun has adapted to pandemic life playing music safely distanced outside every Friday night for the past few months.  As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Washtenaw County and around the state, he has decided to stop performing outside for now out of consideration for community health.

Lisa Barry talks to Mark about his decision and the impact of the global health crisis on his musical career.


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After serving as a homeless shelter for over six months during the pandemic, the Red Roof Inn on Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor will close permanently.  

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With Halloween happening and a big football game rivalry being played that same day, as well as Election Day approaching, the desire to socialize and get together is going to be strong.

A number of Washtenaw County health and government leaders signed an open letter to the community reminding them of ways to avoid spreading the coronavirus during these busy times.  Lisa Barry spoke to Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about the letter and its intent.

 

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As local businesses continue to be affected by the pandemic, the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber says shopping local will help keep them open.  

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Washtenaw County voters will decide next Tuesday who will represent them during the next two years on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners. 

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A countywide ballot issue will be decided next Tuesday, and it deals with land preservation.  A 10-year, quarter-mill tax renewal would sustain the Natural Areas Preservation Program (NAPP) for another 10 years.  For this week's "Issues of the Environment,"WEMU's David Fair talks with Washtenaw County's park planning and NAPP supervisor, Ginny Trocchio, about what the preservation program has meant to the county in its first 20 years, and what lies ahead--pass or fail--on Tuesday. 

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.  

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The Washtenaw Economic Club held a virtual meeting on Tuesday on police reform and strengthening community and police relations in the county.  

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Washtenaw County’s Broadband Task Force has released a pre-engineering report that includes cost estimates for expanding broadband service in Washtenaw County.  

EMU Police To Host COVID-19 Friendly Event This Friday

Oct 27, 2020
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To make it easier for parents to help their kids celebrate Halloween this year during the pandemic, Eastern Michigan University’s Police Department will hold a drive-thru candy event on Friday, October 30th.  

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Among the candidates who will appear on next week’s general election ballot are two who are running in Washtenaw County’s non-incumbent 22nd Circuit Court judge race.  

Jen Spitler
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County / bbbswashtenaw.org

The year 2020 has brought many challenges, from political rancor, to COVID-19, and renewed efforts to end systemic racism.  Such challenges can be especially difficult for Washtenaw County's young people.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County has pushed on in helping youngsters find their way.  On this week's "Washtenaw United," the organization's executive director, Jen Spitler, discusses the program and its operations in a most unusual year with WEMU's David Fair.  


Gretchen Driskell
Gretchen Driskell

The 7th Congressional District in Michigan includes seven counties, including western Washtenaw County.  Republican Tim Walberg, who is currently in his sixth term in Congress, is being challenged for the third time by Democrat Gretchen Driskell, who served two terms in the state House and as the city of Saline's first female mayor for 14 years.  WEMU's Lisa Barry reached out to both candidates to talk about the election.  Only Driskell responded and talks about why she decided to run again and what issues she believes need addressing in Congress.


Ypsilanti District Library

The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has allocated $50,000 to the Ypsilanti District Library to help build a new library branch in Superior Township.  


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Individuals who violate COVID-19 orders issued by the Washtenaw County Health Department may face fines of up to $1,000.  

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At least two flu shot pop-up clinics will be held this weekend in Washtenaw County.  

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We’re now officially in what’s considered the late voter registration period for the November 3rd general election.  

Hope Clinic

The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti needs help from the community to keep struggling Washtenaw County residents warm during the winter months.  

Towana Parker
Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach / dapco.org

The coronavirus pandemic has been a stressful time for everyone, even moreso for new and expectant mothers.  In the meantime, a Washtenaw County nonprofit group called "Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach," or DAPCO, has providing special services for families in need, and the organization has a special event planned for those welcoming new babies into their lives.  DAPCO executive director Towana Parker talks about a community "baby shower" the organization is planning with WEMU's David Fair on this week's "Washtenaw United."


Barbara Niess-May
SafeHouse Center / safehousecenter.org

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this year, there are more challenges than usual.  Barbara Niess-May, executive director of SafeHouse Center in Washtenaw County, discusses the ongoing epidemic of domestic violence during a time of pandemic with WEMU's David Fair.  


Survivors Speak
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Several local, elected government leaders, as well as several hundred Washtenaw County residents, plan to gather in an Ann Arbor park Saturday afternoon for a community forum on racism.  

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with one of the forum's organizers, Trische' Duckworth of Survivors Speak.


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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen across the country, and more are being seen in Washtenaw County.  Locally, most of the news cases can be traced to the University of Michigan.  There are also newly confirmed COVID-19 cases stemming from two restaurants in downtown Ann Arbor.  WEMU's David Fair and Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia provide the latest. 


Dan Kelly
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County / annarborshelter.org

Fall weather is here, and winter is right around the corner.  The services required to aid and assist the area's homeless increase every year during the cold weather seasons.  Now add in the potentially lethal combination of COVID-19 and flu, and things change even more.  On this week's "Washtenaw United," WEMU's David Fair gets together with Dan Kelly, executive director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, to discuss how services have and will continue to evolve during these challenging times. 


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Twelfth District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell continues to urge the United States Postal Service to improve service in Washtenaw County.  

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