Stories tagged: "secretary of state"

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‘People Have Fought Wars for This:’ Clerks Respond to Republicans’ Plan Banning Voting in Churches

One in every five polling places could be gone under a new Michigan voting plan. That concerns local clerks. 

Election poll workers are pictured during the 2020 primary election day.
How Michigan is Trying to Improve Voting For 2022

Michigan is trying to take an extra step to ensure your vote is counted. Here’s how. 

Michigan residents may be able to renew their driver licenses and state identification cards less frequently in person. Instead, online and mail renewals will be allowed, pending House approval.
How Michigan’s Legislature Wants to Make It Easier—and Safer—for You to Renew Your License

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously approved legislation that would require fewer in-person trips to renew driver licenses and state ID cards, but the House still needs to vote.

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2020, file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wears a mask before talking about voting and the upcoming elections in Detroit. Benson said Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that the 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk's office rather than use the mail with two weeks to go until the presidential election. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Secretary of State: Michigan Should Know Unofficial Election Results Friday

A full and accurate count of Michigan's votes should take about 80 hours, estimates the State Department.

Ballot counts in Detroit are not matching poll records. SOS Benson will investigate to ensure the same problems don't arise in November. Photo by Franz Knight.
Detroit’s Primary Ballot Count Had Discrepancies. Now SOS Benson Is Stepping in to Help

An investigation could help the city understand what went wrong, and prevent a repeat in November.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson spoke exclusively to The 'Gander about how voting came to feel like a holiday for her, and how she's setting up Michigan's elections to lead by example during the pandemic. (Screenshot via YouTube)
WATCH: What SOS Benson Wants Every Michigander to Know this Election Year

In an exclusive interview with The ’Gander, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson talked first elections to pandemic-era polls. Here’s how Michigan will set the stage for 2020.

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All 131 Secretary of State Offices Will Open By Appointment Only on Monday

They go beyond wearing a face mask, but the regulations all 131 Michigan Secretary of State offices are putting in place will help keep you safe while the state begins to approach a return to normal operations.