Attorney General Nessel and Secretary of State Benson

Shared Responsibility

  • Under Michigan election law, the Secretary of State has a duty to report violations of the election laws and regulations to the Attorney General or a local prosecuting attorney, or both, for prosecution. Further, as state constitutional officers, the Attorney General and Secretary of State take an oath to uphold the federal and state constitutions.

    There is no right protected by these constitutions more important than the right of all citizens to participate in the democratic process by exercising their right to register and vote. 

    Attorney General Nessel and Secretary Benson are committed to ensuring that all eligible Michigan citizens have the opportunity to do so in the November general election, and every election thereafter.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn BensonThe Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the State of Michigan and exercises supervisory control over Michigan’s 1,500 or so city, township, and county clerks. These local clerks are principally responsible for conducting all elections in Michigan. 

    The Michigan Constitution and state election laws provide for the time, place, and manner of holding elections in the State, and for a system of voter registration and absentee voting. 

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Voter Intimidation

  • Voting is an opportunity to celebrate our democracy and Michigan voters should expect nothing but a calm, safe and secure process at the polls.

    If for any reason you believe you are experiencing voter intimidation, or are witnessing it on Election Day, we encourage you to contact the Michigan Department of Attorney General by calling 517-335-7659 or emailing

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Democracy MVP

  • Election workers are the Most Valuable Players of our democracy, ensuring free and fair elections for all. And right now our democracy needs election workers more than ever. Serving as an election worker is a paid position, and all election workers are trained on proper protocols.

    During the coronavirus crisis, election workers are needed to assist clerks and count ballots. They will serve at polling places, and will adhere to strict public health guidelines, including exercising social distancing, using sanitary equipment, and maintaining strong hygiene to protect themselves and others from coronavirus transmission.

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