WCSG Vote 2020 – Election Stories

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October 22

10/22/20 – Day of Prayer and Fasting

Franklin Graham and his team are urging us to set aside Sunday, October 25th, for a Day of Prayer and Fasting. They are urging followers of Jesus Christ to fast and to pray for our nation and ask for the Lord’s help and for His will to be done in this upcoming election. More information at :  billygraham.org.
October 22

10/22/20 – Election – 2 state Proposals to consider

(Mlive) – In addition to casting votes for the presidency and a slew of federal, state and local offices, Michigan voters will be deciding the fate of two statewide proposals sent to the ballot by the state legislature. Both Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 would change Michigan’s Constitution — one would change how Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund works to allow for more flexibility on funding state and local park projects, and the other would define electronic data as private property, meaning state and local law enforcement would need a warrant before searching a person’s emails or phone records. Lawmakers […]
October 21

10/21/20 – VP Mike Pence, Donald Trump Jr. to hold campaign rallies in Michigan Thursday

(Mlive) – The Trump campaign is continuing a busy schedule of events in Michigan with two high-profile surrogates visits planned for Thursday. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to hold a campaign rally at Barnstormers Aviation in Waterford Township before departing for another rally in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Meanwhile, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. is heading to Calumet for a rally at Houghton County Memorial Airport. The Thursday events are scheduled to take place hours before President Trump will debate Democratic rival Joe Biden for the last time. The Nov. 3 election is less than two weeks away. Pence’s […]
October 20

10/20/20 – Changes planned for Thursday’s debate

WASHINGTON  —The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday, new rules for Thursday’s  second and final debate between Pres. Trump and Joe Biden. Each nominee will be muted while the other is delivering his two-minute remarks at the outset of each of the six debate topics. The remainder of each 15-minute segment will be open discussion, without any muting.  The move is meant to prevent candidates interrupting each other. The six topics include: Fighting COVID-19, American Families, Race in America, Climate Change, National Security & Leadership. Thursday’s debate will take place in Nashville, Tennessee at Belmont University and will be moderated […]
October 19

10/19/20 – Election – Voter registration on-line / mail deadline

— Monday, Oct. 19, 2020,  is the deadline to sign up online for the Nov. 3 election. Residents also can register by mail as long as  the application is postmarked by Monday. If people miss Monday’s deadline, they can still register through Election Day, but they must go to their local clerk’s office.  A document verifying their residency will be required. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says officials are “seeing an incredible amount of enthusiasm” about the election. More than 1 million absentee ballots have been returned so far. More Election Day information is available on our website: wcsg.org, key […]
October 16

10/16/2020 – MI Secretary of State Offers Guidance on Guns

Michigan’s Secretary of State is offering guidance prohibiting guns within 100 feet of a polling place.  Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has issued her guidance to clerks throughout the state. A letter sent out prohibit guns owners from bringing a firearm into a polling location.  This extends to Clerk’s offices and absentee vote counting locations. Benson says the guidance, released less than three weeks before the November 3rd Election Day, is meant to eliminate confusion for both workers and voters. “The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear or […]
October 9

10/9/20 – Election Security

As we get closer to Election Day, some voters have voiced concerns about election security.  Many states, including Michigan, have taken extra measures to make sure your vote will be secure. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says there have been many false claims about voting absentee.   She reminds us that we have several voting options and extra measure have been taken to make sure the process is safe and secure. Michigan has adopted many national best practices to strengthen our system and ensure our elections are accurate and secure: Intro Upgraded voting technology Improved Qualified Voter File system Joined the […]
October 6

10/6/20 – General Election – Important deadline dates

Key dates and deadlines Election day is Nov. 3 Registration deadlines Online: Oct. 19 By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 19 In person: Nov. 3 Absentee ballot deadlines Request: Received by Oct. 30 by 5:00 p.m. Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 2 Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8:00 p.m. Early voting Sep. 24 – Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live Additional information Michigan does offer registration on Election Day at designated locations in each town. It is not available at your polling place. More information at : michigan.gov/vote. 
October 5

10/5/20 – General Election…willing to be an MVP worker?

Be democracy’s MVP – sign up to be an election worker today! Election workers are the Most Valuable Players of our democracy, ensuring free and fair elections for all. And right now our democracy needs election workers more than ever. Serving as an election worker is a paid position, and all election workers are trained on proper protocols. During the coronavirus crisis, election workers are needed to assist clerks and count ballots. They will serve at polling places, and will adhere to strict public health guidelines, including exercising social distancing, using sanitary equipment, and maintaining strong hygiene to protect themselves and […]
October 2

10/02/20 – BREAKING NEWS – President Trump Being Moved to Walter Reed Medical Center

UPDATE 6:33pm (EST) President Donald Trump has arrived at Walter Reed Medical Center and will be ushered into the Presidential wing of the hospital.  He will have a private room but also an area for work, additional staff and a dining area.  First Lady Melania Trump was not with him and will remain at the White House. The White House is saying the plans are for the President to remain at the hospital for two days.  However, the President will need to remain quarantined for at least 10 days.   UPDATE 6:19pm (EST) – President Trump walked to Marine One […]
October 2

10/2/20 – New Voter Guide Out

For people who are searching for more information on voting this election, you have another option. Citizens for Traditional Values is announcing the annual Michigan Family Forum voter guide.  The non-partisan guide covers multiple, major organizations that are typically involved in the political system.  The guide shows which candidates have received the endorsements of those organizations. The guide is also broken down by county and shows the major ballot issues, as well as candidates running for office from those counties. You can learn more through this electronic version of the guide at MFF Voting Guide.
October 2

10/2/20 – President Trump and first lady test positive for COVID-19

 — President Donald Trump announced this morning  that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus,. This comes  just hours after he confirmed that senior aide Hope Hicks, who had traveled with him several times this week, had come down with the virus. The first lady said in a tweet that she had postponed all upcoming engagements. “Please be sure you are staying safe & we will all get through this together,” she wrote. President Trump was last seen by reporters returning to the White House on Thursday evening. The President is 74 years old, putting him […]
October 2

10/2/20 – Important Moments In The Women’s Suffrage Movement

During this election, the importance of voting is becoming a critical issue. In August of 1920, women won the right to vote in the United States. American women began campaigning for the right to vote in the 1820’s. Part of their inspiration arose from Native Americans such as the Iroquois who had long recognized the importance of women in decision making. These tribes afforded rights to women, including the right to vote and depose leaders, and had done so for centuries. Many leaders in the suffrage movement met with Native Americans and one of the early leaders, Matilda Joslyn Gage […]
September 29

9/29/20 – Election ballot: Michigan ballot proposals

In addition to casting votes for the presidency and a slew of federal, state and local offices, Michigan voters will be deciding the fate of two statewide proposals sent to the ballot by the state legislature. Both Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 would change Michigan’s Constitution — one would change how Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund works to allow for more flexibility on funding state and local park projects, and the other would define electronic data as private property, meaning state and local law enforcement would need a warrant before searching a person’s emails or phone records. Lawmakers already voted […]
August 28

8/28/20 – President Trump Accepts Nomination

he Republican National Convention concluded Thursday and the fall campaign season officially kicks off with President Donald Trump formally accepting the GOP nomination for a second term as president in a speech that he delivered from the White House South Lawn. President Trump hit on several policy areas that were a big feature of his 2016 campaign — supporting American energy independence and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, standing up to China, renegotiating trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and harsher immigration policies, among others. He also used the issue of China to bring his remarks back to the pandemic, claiming wins on the U.S. […]
August 13

8/13/20 – Harris Tapped As VP Candidate

Former Vice President Joe Bidenand Senator Kamala Harris appeared together for the first time as running mates Wednesday afternoon in Wilmington, Delaware, where much of the focus was on Harris, the first Black woman and Asian American woman on the ticket of a major political party. “She’s a proven fighter,” Biden said, as Harris watched from a chair set up well behind the lectern where one candidate could sit while the other spoke in a local high school gym. U.S., state and territory flags served as the backdrop. “She’s ready to do this job on Day One,” Biden said. Harris said she and […]