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Attorney General Opinion States Signature Collection Reforms Unconstitutional

May 24, 2019

In her most recent opinion, Attorney General Dana Nessel determined that portions of Public Act 608 of 2018, which made changes to laws governing signature collections, is unconstitutional. Passed at the end of the last session, the reforms were controversial throughout the process. After taking office, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson requested an opinion on […]

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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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Agreement on Redistricting Lawsuit Reached

Feb 01, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters have reached an agreement regarding the league’s claims challenging the constitutionality of the 2011 redistricting of Michigan’s state legislative and Congressional districts. As part of the agreement, the league agreed to drop all claims challenging the constitutionality of the Senate and Congressional districts. The […]

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Good News for Michigan Travelers

Aug 25, 2017

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office announced they will begin to issue optional REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards.  The new cards comply with a federal mandate, and thus can be used to board flights and enter federal facilities.  In order to obtain a compliant card, resident will bring a certified birth certificate or another […]

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New Elections Director Named

Jun 30, 2017

This week, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Sally Williams as the next director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections.  She currently serves as the bureau’s Election Liaison Division director, assisting county and local clerks in their election administration duties.  Prior to that, Ms. Williams served in the executive offices of Secretaries Candice Miller and […]

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Elections Director Announces Retirement

Mar 03, 2017

This week, State Elections Director Christopher Thomas announced that he will retire in June.  In 1981, then-Secretary of State Richard Austin (D), appointed Mr. Thomas as the state’s elections director, a position he has held since the initial appointment.  He began his career in elections administration in 1974 by working for the United States House […]

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Pew Center Releases Elections Systems Study

Aug 12, 2016

This week, The Pew Center called Michigan’s elections system a “high performer” based on multiple objective measures of election performance, according to a press release from Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.  The study calculated and averaged a state’s overall performance by measuring more than a dozen separate indicators that make up the overall score.  Indicators […]

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