Oralandar Brand-Williams

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 law signed this week is the first in the nation and expands the Department of Corrections’ current effort to restore voting rights to returning citizens.

4,600 voters across nearly 40 cities and townships tried out Prop 2′s new option for casting ballots, with a positive response and only one tech hiccup reported.

Several cities and townships pilot the new Prop 2 voting option before adopting it statewide next year.

Jocelyn Benson says she will appeal to the state Supreme Court, leaving new rules in place for now.

At hearing, election officials and advocates describe recent threats that risk driving election workers from their jobs.

Legislation applauded by voting rights activists would mandate Department of Corrections to provide people who have served their sentences with ID and voter registration materials.

Shelby Township residents criticize Stanley Grot, who is accused of trying to cast the state’s electoral votes for Trump in 2020.

After filing indictments against Matthew DePerno and other leaders in the alleged plot to seize tabulators, special prosecutor concludes the case without bringing charges against other suspects. 

The defendants are accused of secretly meeting on Dec. 14, 2020  to submit forged certificates falsely confirming that Michigan had voted for Donald Trump, despite Joe Biden’s victory.

Number of days could range from nine to 29, with polling places scattered throughout a city or a single location shared across a county.