The Final Days (guest: Chad Livengood)

It’s down to the last days and hours until Election Day. With more than 1.1-million votes already cast, the turnout likely will come close to the record mid-term election of 2018. The outcome is definitely in doubt: will the polls showing close-but-comfortable leads for the top of the Democratic ticket mean Michigan Democrats successful overcome the historic headwinds of a mid-term, or will the election deniers leading the state’s GOP ticket pull off historic upsets?

Add to it continuing false claims of election fraud in 2020 and it’s likely that next Tuesday will only be a waypoint in the 2022 election story as any (if not most) losing GOP candidates reflexively shout “rigged election” and “vote fraud”.

In the podcast, we mention one story that can help combat the claims of vote fraud: Bridge Michigan’s Jonathan Oosting does a deep dive into the many levels of security built into the state’s absentee voting process. We recommend the article to one and all!

Also this week:

Joining the pre-election conversation is the politics editor of the Detroit News, Chad Livengood.

Chad was a political reporter in The News’ Lansing Bureau from 2012 through 2016 before becoming a reporter and columnist at Crain’s Detroit Business. He rejoined The News’ politics team in May 2022. He began his journalism career as editor of Central Michigan University’s student paper. His early career included stints covering politics and government in Illinois and Delaware before returning to Michigan, and the Detroit News, ten years ago.


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