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Election Security & Integrity

Election Security & Integrity

Election Security & Integrity

Early Voting and Other Election Changes Video

Early Voting and Other Election Changes

Recent amendments to Michigan's election laws include:

  • Instituting a 9-day early voting period;
  • Counting military and overseas ballots postmarked by election day;
  • Allowing voters to request absentee ballots without providing a reason;
  • State funding for prepaid stamps and ballot tracking;
  • Notification and due process for voters whose signatures do not match or are missing on absentee ballot applications; and
  • Requiring all jurisdictions to install one or more absentee ballot drop boxes.

Learn More About Recent Election Changes

Attorney General Nessel and Secretary of State Benson

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel

The Attorney General is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of Michigan and supervises the work of the State’s 83 county prosecutors. The Attorney General works with county prosecutors and local law enforcement to enforce Michigan's election laws.

These laws are designed to safeguard the electoral process by protecting voters in the exercise of their right to register and vote in all elections, and to punish those who would try to interfere with those rights through intimidation and other unlawful means. 

The Attorney General also receives referrals from the Secretary of State regarding criminal violations of election laws. In addition, the Attorney General provides legal advice and representation to the Secretary of State and the Bureau of Elections in matters of election law.

Attorney General Dana Nessel
Department of Attorney General Seal next to the Department of State - Secretary of State Seal

Violations of the election laws and regulations

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

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 rights of all citizens to freely participate in the democratic process by exercising their rights 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.

If for any reason, you are experience or witnessing voter intimidation at a polling place or an early voting location, we encourage you to contact the Michigan Department of Attorney General by email or call 517-335-7659.

Secretary Benson and the SOS seal

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson

The 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. 

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson