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House and Senate File Lawsuit Challenging Attorney General Opinion

Jun 07, 2019

This week, the Michigan House and Senate filed two lawsuits against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to follow the 2018 petition initiative law that Attorney General Dana Nessel declared unconstitutional through an official opinion. The 2018 law, passed by the legislature and approved by former Governor Rick Snyder, required that not more than […]

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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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No-Reason Absentee Voting Provides Options for Skipping the Line and Earlier Voting

Mar 06, 2019

Casting a ballot in Michigan just became easier now that all voters can request an absentee ballot.  The next election scheduled is May 7, 2019, and those voters wanting to avoid lines and outdated voting machines can begin requesting an absentee ballot – and don’t need to have a special reason for doing so. For years, […]

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Election Modernization Committee Convenes

Feb 22, 2019

In order to implement Proposal 3 of 2018, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson convened the Election Modernization Advisory Committee. Passed last November, Proposal 3 make significant changes to the state’s election laws, including the establishing no-reason absentee voting, automatic voter registration, and the ability to register up to and on Election Day. The advisory committee […]

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Amendments to Citizens’ Initiatives Moves Forward

Dec 07, 2018

This week the Senate move forward with legislation that would amend two of the citizens’ initiatives passed by Michigan’s voters in last month’s general election. “Although they were voted into law by residents on the ballot, the legislature can follow their process to amend the law; needing a majority approval in both chambers and the […]

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House Approves of Online Voter Registration

Sep 28, 2018

This week, the Michigan House unanimously passed two bills making changes to the state’s voter registration system. Introduced by Representative Julie Calley (R-Portland) and Representative Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills), the legislation allows people who are qualified to vote in Michigan to register to vote online if they already have a valid Michigan’s driver’s license or […]

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Court Rules Against Straight Ticket Voting

Sep 07, 2018

This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the option for straight ticket voting cannot be on Michigan’s general election ballot this November. By a vote of 2-1, the Judges granted a request by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to stay the ruling of the U.S. District Court which found Michigan’s law banning straight […]

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Straight Ticket Voting Is Here to Stay

Aug 03, 2018

In 2015, the Michigan legislature passed, and Governor Rick Snyder signed, legislation ending straight ticket voting in Michigan. “Almost immediately after being signed into law, challengers took their objections to the court. They were partially successfully when an injunction was put on the law stopping it from being implemented,” explained Rudy Hobbs of MLC. Following […]

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