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Youth Voter Turnout

Apr 21, 2023

Michigan had the highest rate in the nation of young voter turnout in the 2022 general election. Voters aged 18-29 turned out at a rate of 37% in the state, higher than any other state analyzed by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University. Additionally, Michigan was […]

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Secretary of State Working on Voting Rights Act

Feb 17, 2023

This week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced she is working with lawmakers to ban firearms within 100 feet of polling places and enact a Voting Rights Act for the state of Michigan. The Act would mirror and expand upon existing state constitutional protections that Michigan voters enacted in 2022. Additionally, the Act would: Prohibit […]

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Voting on Voting Rights in November

Oct 28, 2022

In a few short weeks, Michigan voters will again cast their ballots on a proposal making reforms to voting laws in the state. This comes just four years after Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved major voting reforms, including allowing no-reason absentee voting. On the heels of those changes, this proposal would amend the State Constitution in […]

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Legislature Approves Voting Reforms

Sep 30, 2022

Local clerks will be given a 48-hour window to preprocess ballots this November under legislation approved this week. A similar change was enacted prior to the 2020 election due to the pandemic, however, it only applied to that election. Since then, local clerks have been advocating for additional time to preprocess absentee ballots, especially given […]

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Voting Rights Ballot Proposal Analyzed

Sep 16, 2022

On Thursday, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan released an analysis of Proposal 2, a citizen initiated constitutional amendment that would place certain voting rights into the State Constitution.  The proposal will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot. What they found: If Proposal 2 is adopted, several voting rights will be enshrined in […]

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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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