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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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Absentee Ballot Legislation Introduced

May 22, 2020

Absentee voter ballots would be counted if they are mailed on or before election day under legislation introduced by Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor). Given current public health concerns, it’s likely there will be a sharp increase in the number of voters utilizing this option in August and November. His bill ensures ballots are counted, […]

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Secretary of State Mailing Absentee Ballot Applications

May 22, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all registered voters in Michigan will receive an application to vote by mail in the August and November elections. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in the state, about 1.3 million are on the permanent absent voter list, and their local election clerk mails them applications ahead of […]

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Record-Breaking Election Turnout

May 08, 2020

The May 5 election had a record-breaking turnout for the approximately 50 elections, which were held in 33 counties and 200 municipalities. Nearly 25% of eligible voters cast their ballot, 99% of those choosing to vote via an absentee ballot. Average turnout for local May elections is around 12% and the previous turnout record was […]

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Voting Changes Ahead for May

Mar 27, 2020

Traditionally, a voter must request an absentee voter ballot application, however, due to COVID-19 Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced her office will mail an application to voters for the upcoming May 5 election, without a request.  Following weeks of discussions between Secretary Benson and local clerks, several clerks have postponed items that would have […]

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Absentee Voter Application Reforms Approved

Mar 13, 2020

The House Elections and Ethics Committee reported legislation aimed at streamlining the process for voters to request absentee ballots. Under the legislation introduced by Representative Brad Paquette (R-Niles), local election clerks could choose to send out absentee ballot applications that allow voters to request ballots for all elections in a calendar year. Currently, a clerk […]

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Michigan’s New Citizen’s Redistricting Commissioners Will Get $40,000 – Why Not Apply?

Mar 11, 2020

Every ten years, on the heels of the U.S. Census numbers being finalized, all of the state’s legislative and congressional districts are redrawn to be more representative of the shift in population.  These districts remain in place until the next census in ten years. The drawing of districts in Michigan has always been viewed as […]

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Redistricting Commission Reaches 1,000 Processed Applications

Jan 24, 2020

The first 1,000 completed and notarized applications to serve on the first-ever Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission have been received and processed by the Michigan Department of State. The commission of 13 randomly selected applicants will have exclusive authority to adopt boundaries in Michigan for the State Senate, State House, and U.S. Congress. It was […]

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