Oralandar Brand-Williams

Senior Reporter, Votebeat Michigan

Oralandar Brand-Williams is an award-winning veteran journalist in both broadcast and print media. A University of Michigan graduate, Oralandar has covered criminal justice issues, race relations, religion, and local government for The Detroit News. She recently joined the staff of Votebeat covering politics, elections and voting-rights issues. Oralandar is a former vice-president of Print for the Detroit chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and a mentor to emerging journalists for Report for America. She is a former producer/ editor for WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. She also has worked as a news producer at WWJ Newsradio, a CBS affiliate.

The “chain of custody” process and other rules to safeguard election equipment are only as strong as the clerks who follow them.
When this election turned out to have no drama, an activist decided to generate his own.
Logic and accuracy testing demonstrates the integrity of ballot tabulators, officials say, and more people should come to watch.
Republicans and Democrats appear on the same ballot, but voting across party lines will spoil your vote.
I’ll report this story with the same balance and insight that I’ve brought to my long career in journalism.