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Senate Passes Election Reforms

Jun 18, 2021

This week, the Senate passed the first three bills in their 39-bill package making reforms to elections in Michigan. Prior to passage, there was a heated debate over the changes, with Democratic members speaking in strong opposition to the legislation. The bills require anyone applying for an absentee ballot with the secretary of state or […]

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House Committees Reports Change to Primary Election Dates

Apr 16, 2021

Under a package of bills reported by the House Elections and Ethics Committee this week, Michigan’s primary election would move from August to June. The legislation also moves May school elections to the same date in June, consolidating the two elections. The combined elections would take place on the third Tuesday in June, beginning in […]

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Senate Democratic Caucus Announces Campaign Team

Apr 16, 2021

The Senate Democratic Caucus announced the members who will be leading the caucus’ campaign team in 2022. Senator Adam Hollier (D-Detroit) and Senator Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield) will serve as co-chairs of the team. Serving as finance co-chairs will be Senator Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Senator Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit). All 38 seats in the Senate […]

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Senate Republicans Introduce Election Reforms

Mar 26, 2021

Members of the Senate Republican caucus introduced a 39-bill package making reforms to the state’s election laws. The package covers a wide range of election related issues including the processes before, during, and after an election; ballot security in drop boxes; management of the state’s Qualified. Voter File; poll challenger training; and post-election audits. Some […]

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Election Audits Complete

Mar 05, 2021

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all of the state’s more than 250 election audits of the November 2020 general election are complete, confirming the accuracy of the election. More than 1,300 Republican, Democratic, and nonpartisan clerks, as well as the Bureau of Elections, participated in the audits. In addition to the audits of […]

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Secretary of State Unveils Legislative Priorities

Feb 05, 2021

In a proposal titled, Advancing the Vote, Protecting Democracy, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has outline legislative measures the state can take to expand voter accessibility and further strengthen election security. The plan outlines a number of initiatives the legislature could take, including: Requiring absentee ballot applications be mailed to registered voters every federal election […]

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Special Election Dates Announced

Jan 22, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the date of special elections to fill the vacancies in two Senate Districts. A special primary election will be held on August 3, 2021 and the special general election will be held on November 2, 2021. Candidates have until April 20, 2021 to file to run for the seats in the […]

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Governor Makes Appointment to the State Board of Canvassers

Jan 22, 2021

This week Governor Gretchen Whitmer made two appointments to the State Board of Canvassers, which consists of four members, two from each major political party, who are nominated by their state central committee. The Board is responsible for certifying results for statewide elections, elections for legislative districts that cross county lines, and all judicial officials […]

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