Administering Courts during a Pandemic, Preparing to Vote & More! | Full Megacast, July 21, 2020

U.S District Court Judge Denise Page Hood, Oakland University Professor David Dulio and other news-makers discuss the latest COVID-19 information on this full edition of the Oakland County Megacast!

The Honorable Judge Denise Page Hood, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, joins the program to talk about serving the judicial arm of the federal government during the pandemic, including maintaining necessary office operations at the five courthouses in the district and the progress of trial work as well.

Oakland University Political Science Professor and Director of its Center for Civic Engagement David Dulio discusses the challenges ahead for voters in this election cycle, including ensuring that their votes are informed and that our communities can have informative, productive discourse in a tense political climate during a critical election year.

Additionally, Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness Psychologist Dr. Melanie Schwartz discusses the rise in substance abuse issues as a result of the pandemic and the steps that people need to be making right now to take control of their mental health, and West Bloomfield Township Clerk Debbie Binder talks about maintaining safe, secure absentee voting during this election cycle, as well as the Township’s plans to ensure absentee voters get their voices heard, with new deadlines set on when submitted absentee ballots will county.

Plus, Avondale Schools Superintendent Dr. James V. Schwarz provides an update on Avondale’s plans for the fall, including how the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Michigan may impact the School District’s plans going forward.

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