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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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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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