Election 2020

Oct 15, 2020

Credit Andy Robins / WMUK

Election Day is November 3rd, but votes can be cast anytime. Ballots can be mailed or dropped off at local clerks’ offices, as well as other authorized sites. Find more information here. 

Information for voters can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State, Michigan Voter Information CenterMichigan Voting, WMU WeVote and the League of Women Voters. The Kalamazoo Area League of Women Voters also has a Voters' Guide.  You can find links to candidate forums and stories on this year’s election.

WMUK's Andy Robins and Kalamazoo Gazette Reporter Lindsay Moore took a look at the race for Michigan's 6th Congressional race and state House campaigns in the Kalamazoo area. They spoke with Kalamazoo City Commissioner Erin Knott and former Kalamazoo County Republican Party chairperson Dave Worthams. Knott is the executive director of the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Michigan. Worthams serves on Equality Michigan's board and works as a lobbyist in Lansing for the Michigan Manufacturers Association.

The Kalamazoo Area League of Women Voters, WMU WeVote, Public Media Network, WMUK and other groups co-sponsored a forum for candidates running for two State House seats. The forum was held virtually September 17th. It included candidates in the 60th district, which includes the city of Kalamazo and the 61st district, which includes Portage. 

Another candidate forum was held September 30th for candidates running in the 63rd State House district. That includes parts of Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. 

2020 has brought with it a chaotic mix of civil unrest, forest fires and a record hurricane season. A pandemic and contentious presidential election have added to the anxiety levels of ethnic and religious minorities. Hear the report from WDET's Russ McNamara. 

U.S. Senator Gary Peters is seeking his second term. The Democrat faces Republican John James. He challenged Senator Debbie Stabenow two years ago. Abigail Censky of WKAR reports on why it appears to be a close race to represent Michigan in the U.S. Senate.