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  • Secretary Johnson applauds governor and legislators for online voter registration law

    Special AnnouncementSecretary of State Ruth Johnson today made the following statement regarding the governor’s signing of legislation to create an online voter registration option for applicants:

    “By allowing voter registration applications to be securely submitted electronically in Michigan, the governor and legislators have given citizens a convenient and secure option. I’m grateful . . .


  • MDOS Chief of Staff Senyko to leave for private sector

    Special Announcement

    Michigan Department of State chief of staff Mike Senyko will leave at the end of the month to take a position as executive director of Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C., one of Michigan’s longest-established, full-service law firms.

    Rose Jarois, the director of the Department Services Administration, will serve as chief of staff through the end of the year. Jarois has worked for the department since 1978 in various roles . . .


  • Secretary of State Johnson takes action against auto repair shops, dealerships for violations


    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that her office has issued cease and desist orders and summary suspensions to several auto repair shops and dealerships in southeast Michigan for violations as part of her office’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers.

    “Auto dealers and repair facilities must comply with the law,” Johnson said. “If they do not, we will take action . . .


  • Online voter registration bills head to governor

    Elections News

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson thanked state lawmakers giving final approval to a secure online voter registration application, an initiative she has long championed. The measure now goes to the governor for consideration . . .


  • Secretary of State offices to close for Thanksgiving holiday

    Thanksgiving Closure

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    All offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, Friday, Nov. 23, and SUPER!Centers will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 24 . . .


  • Secretary of State Mobile Office to return to Lyon Township Public Library

    Secretary of State Mobile Office

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that the Secretary of State’s Mobile Office will return to South Lyon to serve area customers on Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20.

    The office will be open noon to 5 p.m. both days at the Lyon Township Public Library . . .


  • Mohawk SOS office has returned to one-day-a-week service

    SOS Office

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that, as of Nov. 1, the Mohawk office has returned to one-day-a-week service instead of two as it adjusts to seasonal business volume.

    The office at 3616 U.S. Highway 41 is now open on Thursdays only. Hours remain 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch closure from 12:30 p.m. to . . .


  • State to pilot risk-limiting election audits

    Elections News

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that the Bureau of Elections will pilot the use of risk-limiting audits in three cities after the 2018 election as part of the state’s comprehensive post-election audit process that verifies voting equipment and election officials performed well  . . .


  • Secretary Johnson reminds travelers to renew their tabs and licenses before heading south

    Retired couple on the beachSecretary of State Ruth Johnson reminded residents heading south for the winter to renew their driver’s licenses and plates before leaving Michigan.

    “Before you travel, make sure your driver’s license and license plate tabs are up to date,” Johnson said. “We offer several options for renewing that make it quick and easy. And, if your license or tabs are due to expire while you are gone, you can renew them early . . .


  • Secretary of State offices to collect Harvest Gathering food donations

    Harvest Gathering

    Michigan residents can donate nonperishable food items at all Secretary of State offices, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said today. Offices are participating in the 28th Annual Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive.

    “On behalf of my team, I am so proud to once again pledge the full cooperation of our 131 Secretary of State offices as we take on hunger in our hometowns,” Johnson said. “And that effort starts right now. Beginning today, from shore to shore and across both peninsulas, our offices are now official ‘giving centers’ for the 2018 Harvest Gathering . . .

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