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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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Attorney General Opinion States Signature Collection Reforms Unconstitutional

May 24, 2019

In her most recent opinion, Attorney General Dana Nessel determined that portions of Public Act 608 of 2018, which made changes to laws governing signature collections, is unconstitutional. Passed at the end of the last session, the reforms were controversial throughout the process. After taking office, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson requested an opinion on […]

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Secretary Benson Proposes Increases to Transparency

Mar 08, 2019

How can Michigan become a leader in transparency and accountability and restore the public’s trust in government? This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson shared her ideas on how Michigan could accomplish those goals. Her plan includes working with the legislature toward full disclosure of all money in politics through revising reporting requirements and closing […]

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Agreement on Redistricting Lawsuit Reached

Feb 01, 2019

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the League of Women Voters have reached an agreement regarding the league’s claims challenging the constitutionality of the 2011 redistricting of Michigan’s state legislative and Congressional districts. As part of the agreement, the league agreed to drop all claims challenging the constitutionality of the Senate and Congressional districts. The […]

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Good News for Michigan Travelers

Aug 25, 2017

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office announced they will begin to issue optional REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards.  The new cards comply with a federal mandate, and thus can be used to board flights and enter federal facilities.  In order to obtain a compliant card, resident will bring a certified birth certificate or another […]

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