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Senator Calls for Delaying May Election

Apr 03, 2020

Former Secretary of State, Senator Ruth Johnson (R-Holly) sent a letter to Governor Gretchen Whitmer this week urging her to postpone the May 5 election and combine it with the August election. She feels this will give clerks enough time to prepare and it will protect election workers and the public. Her letter was in […]

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Voting Changes Ahead for May

Mar 27, 2020

Traditionally, a voter must request an absentee voter ballot application, however, due to COVID-19 Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced her office will mail an application to voters for the upcoming May 5 election, without a request.  Following weeks of discussions between Secretary Benson and local clerks, several clerks have postponed items that would have […]

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House Approves Changes to Absentee Voter Counting Boards

Feb 21, 2020

Legislation passed the House this week that aims at helping local clerks deal with the anticipated influx of absentee ballots. Introduced by Representative Julie Calley (R-Portland) the bill would allow local governments to team up with other nearby communities, or the county, to establish an Absentee Voter (AV) counting board. Currently, AV boards are allowed […]

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Secretary of State Calls for Ballot Changes

Feb 14, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and a bipartisan group of clerks called on the legislature to pass reforms extending the deadline for when no new questions can be placed on ballots. Under the proposed joint resolution, the current deadline of 60 days would be extended to 75 days before an election. Under the current framework, […]

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Primary Held for Open House Seat

Jan 10, 2020

On Tuesday, voters in Flint cast their ballots in the primary race for the open 34th House seat. The seat has been open since former Representative Sheldon Neeley (D) resigned following his election as Mayor of Flint. His wife, Cynthia Neeley, beat nine other candidates to become the Democratic nominee for the seat. The seat […]

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Post-Election Audit Pilot Program Continues

Dec 06, 2019

The Bureau of Elections is again partnering with local communities to perform risk-limiting audits to verify election results. This time, they are working to verify the November 5 election results with staff of Voting Works and the Brennan Center for Justice, along with the clerks of St. Joseph County, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo City, Rochester Hills, […]

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Secretary of State Begins Online Voter Registration

Dec 06, 2019

Michigan voters can now register to vote or update their voter registration online. The secure, web-based tool is available to citizens with a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. Michigan is joining 37 other states that allow citizens to register to vote online. Legislation providing for online voter registration was enacted by the […]

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Applicants Selected for Redistricting Commission

Nov 22, 2019

A random drawing was held this week to determine the 250,000 registered Michigan voters who will receive an application to serve on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by a ballot initiative in 2018. Representatives from a third-party independent account firm randomly selected the names, while members of the public and media observed. […]

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