Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EDT
DETROIT (AP) — Republican lawmakers are seeking to intervene in a major court decision that will allow Michigan absentee ballots to be counted days after the election. The House and Senate want to join the case and appeal the decision. Absentee ballots postmarked by Nov. 2 are eligible to be counted if they arrive within 14 days after the Nov. 3 election. Judge Cynthia Stephens noted chronic delays with mail during the coronavirus pandemic. Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, both Democrats, say they won’t appeal. The House and Senate say Nessel and Benson have “abdicated their duty” to defend state law.
DETROIT (AP) — Black voters across Michigan will be pivotal in deciding who will win the battleground state in November. But engaging them at a time of immense uncertainty across the nation because of the pandemic and unrest over the effects of systemic racism has been especially challenging. The nation’s largest Black-majority city, Detroit, has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic and its ensuing economic fallout. More than 14,200 COVID-19 cases and 1,500 deaths have been confirmed in Detroit alone. Both President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden are battling for support among Black voters across Michigan, and Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, will be in the state on Tuesday.
UNDATED (AP) — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus has topped 200,000, by far the highest in the world, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis. The count is kept by Johns Hopkins University, based on figures from state health authorities. The real number of dead is thought be much higher, in part because many COVID-19 deaths, especially early on, were probably ascribed to other causes. The number of lives lost in the U.S. is equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 67 days. It is roughly equal to the population of Salt Lake City or Huntsville, Alabama.
DETROIT (AP) — The state Corrections Department is closing a Detroit location that houses parole violators and inmates who need dialysis. The Detroit Reentry Center will close in January. It has 70 people, down from hundreds. The center employs 220 people. The state’s prison population is below 35,000, down 32% from a peak of 51,500 in 2007. The department says people who violate parole for non-violent reasons are not being locked up, a factor in the lower numbers at the Reentry Center. Prisoners who need dialysis will be moved to the Woodland Center Correctional Facility in Livingston County.