Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson holds a press conference to discuss her 30-minute guarantee on Dec. 12, 2019.

Secretary of state warns Michigan could be last to report in 2020 election

East Lansing’s November 2019 election was a small preview. More than 1,000 people registered to vote on Election Day, and the city experienced a 20% increase in absentee ballots.

There are concerns for higher-profile elections such as the state’s March 10 presidential primary. Michigan’s new laws allow no-reason absentee voting, Election Day registration and automatic registration when people apply for a state ID.

2020’s new voters are already thinking

Nearly 2,000 student journalists gathered for the fall conference of the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association at the Lansing Center on Oct. 31. 

Many of the students attending were seniors and will graduate in the next year. With the upcoming 2020 election, they will also have the chance to vote for the first time. The issues that motivate them are as varied as they are for any generation. Diversity

Maia Rostar, Plainwell High School: “I am voting because I would like to see change.

International Students and the News Back Home

EAST LANSING, Mich.  ⎻ In the city of East Lansing, almost 8,000 miles away from her hometown, Michigan State University sophomore Hallie Tsui tunes in to what marks another day of protesting in her home territory of Hong Kong. 

Sophomore student Hallie Tsui “tends to closely follow political news.” “It’s just slowly escalated,” Tsui said. “Protests have been going on every day for 100 days now.”

The unrest is due to a recent bill that would allow China to extradite alleged criminals from Hong Kong.  “Protests began after a man killed his girlfriend in Taiwan and was hiding in Hong Kong.” Tsui said. “China wanted to extradite him, but people protested because conditions in China are very poor and civil rights laws are not very good.”

The bill could lead to an increase in control for the Chinese government over Hong Kong, which currently governs its own internal affairs, critics say.