Priorities USA now has 3 voting lawsuits in Michigan

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    Priorities USA, a Washington, D.C.-based Democratic SuperPAC, has now filed three lawsuits this fall in Michigan over voting issues.

    As the Advance has previously reported, the group challenged in federal court the secretary of state rule that absentee ballots are only valid if the signature you have on file with the state matches that on your ballot. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is named as the defendant in the case.

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    The SuperPAC also has filed a second federal suit over restrictions in transporting voters to the polls and helping them apply for absentee ballots, the Associated Press reported. It’s a misdemeanor in Michigan to hire drivers to take voters to cast their ballots unless they’re unable to walk. Priorities USA argues that conflicts with federal law. Attorney General Dana Nessel is the defendant.

    And a third suit challenges voting restrictions signed into law by GOP former Gov. Rick Snyder in the 2018 Lame Duck session, AP reported. Benson again is the defendant.

    In November 2018, Michigan voters overwhelmingly passed Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment expanding voting rights. The GOP-led Legislature passed a bill clamping down on same-day voter registration by requiring that it could only be done at a county clerk’s main office, not a satellite office or voting location.

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    The group argues this will disproportionately impact younger voters. The suit also challenges Benson’s policy that does not automatically register Michiganders to vote at age 17 1/2.

    Priorities USA is spending millions in Michigan and other battleground states during the 2020 cycle, slamming President Trump on economic and health care issues.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.