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Department Launches Webpage Promoting Voter Engagement, Turnout

Sep 18, 2020

The Department of State launched its Partners in Democracy web page to provide information on statewide and national organizations joining in the work of engaging voters within their communities. It also serves to provide information and resources for groups interested in voter engagement and turnout efforts ahead of November. The web page will provide information […]

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Secretary of State Encourages Residents to Vote

Aug 14, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced this week that she will mail postcards informing voters of their right to vote from home in the November presidential election. She is also encouraging residents to do so by applying online or at their local election clerk’s office. The postcards will be mailed from the Michigan Bureau of […]

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Presidential Primary Audit Report Released

Jun 12, 2020

The results of a Risk-Limiting Audit pilot conducted on the March 10 presidential primary results suggested their accuracy and security and reinforced the state’s preparedness for elections in August and November. The pilot, in which 80 out of 83 counties participated, randomly sampled ballots from 277 jurisdictions across the state. The exercise, the largest of […]

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Secretary of State Offices Reopening

May 29, 2020

Beginning June 1, Secretary of State offices across the state will reopen by appointment only for essential transactions not available online. All 131 branch offices will be open Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Strict health safety protocol will be followed, including wearing masks, using desk shields, and disinfection of shared or […]

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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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Secretary of State Announces Policy Director

Jan 03, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that Adam Reames will serve as the legislative policy director for the Department of State. Currently, he serves as the assistant secretary of the Michigan Senate, a position he’s held for more than 10 years. At the Senate, he oversaw legislative procedures, training for new members, and daily operations […]

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Secretary of State Names Chief of Staff

Nov 22, 2019

Melissa Smiley has been appointed the new chief of staff for the Michigan Department of State by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson beginning January 6, 2020. Currently, she is the vice president of strategy and operations at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and previously served as the deputy chief of staff for City of […]

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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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