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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Calley (R-Portland) testified before the House Election and Ethics Committee in support of her plan to remove old and outdated information from Michigan’s Qualified Voter File (QVF).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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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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Secretary of State Encourages Residents to Vote

Aug 14, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced this week that she will mail postcards informing voters of their right to vote from home in the November presidential election. She is also encouraging residents to do so by applying online or at their local election clerk’s office. The postcards will be mailed from the Michigan Bureau of […]

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Absentee Ballot Legislation Introduced

May 22, 2020

Absentee voter ballots would be counted if they are mailed on or before election day under legislation introduced by Representative Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor). Given current public health concerns, it’s likely there will be a sharp increase in the number of voters utilizing this option in August and November. His bill ensures ballots are counted, […]

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Secretary of State Mailing Absentee Ballot Applications

May 22, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all registered voters in Michigan will receive an application to vote by mail in the August and November elections. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in the state, about 1.3 million are on the permanent absent voter list, and their local election clerk mails them applications ahead of […]

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Record-Breaking Election Turnout

May 08, 2020

The May 5 election had a record-breaking turnout for the approximately 50 elections, which were held in 33 counties and 200 municipalities. Nearly 25% of eligible voters cast their ballot, 99% of those choosing to vote via an absentee ballot. Average turnout for local May elections is around 12% and the previous turnout record was […]

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