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Presidential Primary Candidates List Released

Nov 15, 2019

This week the Michigan Department of State released the 2020 presidential primary candidates list. Under state law, the Secretary of State is required to issue a list of individuals “generally advocated by the national news media to be potential presidential candidates” for the Republican and Democratic parties for the presidential primary election. Following the release, […]

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Michigan Elections Director to Retire

Nov 15, 2019

Sally Williams, the Michigan Elections Director, has announced her retirement effective December 31. Ms. Williams has spent more than thirty-years working at the Department of State and has served in her current role since June 2017. She’s served in several roles throughout the department, including the Election Liaison Division director, assistant to the chief of […]

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State Representative Elected Flint Mayor

Nov 08, 2019

This week, Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) was elected to serve as the next mayor of Flint. He is currently serving his third term in the House and will need to resign his seat before taking the oath of office as the Flint mayor. Governor Gretchen Whitmer will call for a special election to fill the […]

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Local Election Reforms Introduced

Oct 18, 2019

On the heels of Proposal 3 of 2018, legislation was introduced this week that will help local governments respond to the anticipated decrease of in-person voters. Introduced by Representative Ann Bollin (R-Brighton), the bill would allow a local city or township to expand the size of its election precincts to account for the drop-off in […]

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The Revolving Door

Sep 25, 2019

Across the country there has been a wave of resignations and retirements from members of congress who have served only a short time after spending significant personal energy to become elected. Since January, 22 members of congress have left or have announced they will retire at the end of the term. Of those, 18 are […]

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Public Input Sought on Citizens Redistricting Commission Application

Jul 26, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked Michigan citizens to provide their input on the application language and eligibility guidelines for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The commission was created through a vote on Michigan’s November 2018 ballot. It shifted the responsibility of drawing Michigan Legislature and U.S. Congressional districts from the state legislature to a […]

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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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