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Secretary of State Launches Elections Video Series

Mar 18, 2022

The Department of State released the first video in a series explaining Michigan election operations. The kickoff video focuses on explaining why results of major elections in Michigan often aren’t available right after polls close. While many other states that allow no-reason absentee voting provide days or even weeks for absentee ballot procession prior to […]

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Student Advisory Task Force Accepting Applications

Jan 21, 2022

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has announced applications to serve on the 2022-2023 Michigan Collegiate Student Advisory Task Force are now open to college and university students. The Department of State is accepting applications through February 15 for the nonpartisan group aiming to improve youth voter engagement. Members are selected to serve for one calendar […]

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House Dems Unveil Voting Rights Package

Nov 05, 2021

Members of the House Democratic Caucus announced their proposal making changes to voting laws in Michigan. The legislation is in response to voting reforms that members of the Republican Caucuses have introduced and are supporting. According to the Caucus, their package ensures free, fair, and accessible elections for all Michigan voters. They seek to accomplish […]

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Senate Passes Voter Identification Bills

Oct 08, 2021

This week, the Senate approved of the latest round of reforms to Michigan’s voting laws, focusing on voter identification. Under the changes, voters would be required to show identification when voting in person and require absentee voters to write their Michigan driver’s license number or state ID card number on their absentee ballot application. Alternatively, […]

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Senate Oversight Committee Releases Election Report

Jun 25, 2021

This week, the Senate Oversight Committee released their report on Michigan’s November 2020 general election. Most notably, the committee found no evidence of fraud in the election. However, they did find some areas they feel could be improved upon. Led by chairman Senator Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan), the committee’s work reviewing the election included: Conducted over […]

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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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Senate Committee Reports Changes to Voter Laws

Jun 04, 2021

This week, the Senate Elections Committee reported a package of bills making reforms to voting laws in Michigan. The bills focus on providing identification during the voting process. This includes, requiring anyone applying for an absentee ballot with the secretary of state or local clerk to provide either an official Michigan driver’s license number or […]

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Committee Hears Testimony on Voter Reforms

Feb 12, 2021

Representative Julie Calley (R-Portland) testified before the House Election and Ethics Committee in support of her plan to remove old and outdated information from Michigan’s Qualified Voter File (QVF). According to her testimony, an audit of the state’s Bureau of Elections released in December 2019 highlighted the need for better procedures to remove or update […]

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