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Student Voting Rights Settlement Reached

Jun 07, 2019

A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought on behalf of student voting groups last year. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the steps her office will take to help promote participation among college-age voters, resolving the lawsuit. The groups filed a lawsuit against the previous secretary of state in August 2018, challenging the […]

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Secretary of State to Conduct Election Audit

Jun 07, 2019

Using risk-limiting audits, the Bureau of Elections will partner with local election officials and national experts to verify the results of the May 7 local elections. The Bureau of Elections, which is housed within the Secretary of State’s office, will partner with clerks in Lansing Township, the City of Lansing, Muskegon County, and Wyandotte. Together […]

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New Voter Rights Now in Effect

May 03, 2019

Next Tuesday, voters in 65 counties across Michigan will head to the polls. This will be the first election where the changes under Proposal 3 of 2018 will be in effect. For the first time, voters in Michigan can utilize no-reason absentee voting and early voting. Mailed-in applications must be received by 5 p.m. on […]

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Legislation Seeks to Change How Electoral Votes Are Awarded

Apr 26, 2019

Electoral votes would be awarded by congressional district, instead of the current winner-take-all system, under legislation introduced by Representative Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain). Under the proposal, each political party would continue to choose candidates for presidential electors during its state convention. One presidential elector would be chosen from each congressional district, and two electors at […]

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Redistricting Commission Website Launched

Mar 29, 2019

In order to keep Michigan residents up-to-date on the new redistricting commission, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson launched a website portal to provide citizens with information and resources. The web page provides resources, including answering to frequently asked questions, a guide for citizens and a timeline for implementation. Additionally, registered voters interested in serving on […]

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Secretary of State Forms Election Security Commission

Mar 22, 2019

Given the rising threat of cyber-attacks, and to ensure the security of elections in Michigan, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the creation of an Election Security Commission. It will bring together 18 local and national experts on cybersecurity and elections, with the goal of securing elections and protecting the integrity of every vote. Through […]

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Secretary Benson Proposes Increases to Transparency

Mar 08, 2019

How can Michigan become a leader in transparency and accountability and restore the public’s trust in government? This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson shared her ideas on how Michigan could accomplish those goals. Her plan includes working with the legislature toward full disclosure of all money in politics through revising reporting requirements and closing […]

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Michigan Dems Release Delegate Selection Plan

Mar 08, 2019

The Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) is close to finalizing how they will select delegates for the 2020 national convention. For the next thirty-days, the MDP will take public comments, questions, and concerns regarding the plan. After the comment period has completed, the Delegate Selection Plan will be submitted to the Michigan Democratic State Central Committee […]

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