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  • Secretary Benson and clerks discuss safe voting on Election Day

    Ready for November Video Series

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson interviews two of Michigan’s leading clerks in the seventh and final episode of Ready for November, a video series Benson’s office launched last month to inform voters ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.

    Joining Benson for the “Safe Voting on Election Day” discussion were Jackie Beaudry, who has been Ann Arbor’s city clerk since 2005 and was Michigan’s city clerk of the year in 2019; and Chris Swope, Lansing’s city clerk since 2005 and the current president of the Michigan  . . .


     

  • Benson: too late to rely on United States Postal Service for absentee ballots

    Absentee ballot requests

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said voters should not rely on the United States Postal Service to deliver absentee ballots within one week of Election Day, Nov. 3.

    “We are too close to Election Day, and the right to vote is too important, to rely on the Postal Service to deliver absentee ballots on time,” said Benson. “Citizens who already have an absentee ballot should sign the back of the envelope and hand-deliver it to their city or township clerk’s office or ballot drop box as soon as possible. Voters who haven’t yet received their ballot should go to their clerk’s office . . .


     

  • Voting resources available for housing insecure or homeless individuals

    Housing Insecure and homeless individuals

    The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) is providing resources to educate Michiganders facing homelessness about their voting rights ahead of Election day. MDOS outreach includes an online toolkit curated to provide accurate information about homelessness and voting, a webinar hosted in partnership with the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness and voter registration drives at shelters . . .


     

  • Random selection to be held to replace redistricting commissioner after resignation

    Map Michigan's Future

    Per the Michigan Constitution, a random selection will take place Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 11:15 a.m. to replace a commissioner who has resigned from the 13-member Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The constitution anticipated and provided for replacement scenarios for commissioners, including through resignation, and outlined the process of replacing  . . .


     

  • More than a million transactions processed through Secretary of State's new self-service stations

    Self Service Stations

    The Michigan Department of State’s new self-service stations saw their one-millionth transaction completed Friday, Oct. 16.

    The department began replacing legacy kiosks and expanding locations nearly a year ago.

    Renewal transactions are available for many automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft, with tabs printed instantly for automobiles and motorcycles, and watercraft tabs mailed to customers. Transactions often can be processed  . . . 


  • Today is the deadline for Michigan citizens to register to vote online, by mail

    Vote

    Today, Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote online for the Nov. 3 general election. Eligible Michigan citizens can register online at Michigan.gov/Vote or by mail if it is postmarked by today's date. If someone has not yet registered after this deadline has passed, they may still register in person at their city or township clerk’s office through Election Day with a document verifying their residency. They can also apply for  . . . 


     

  • Last days for Michigan citizens to register to vote online, by mail

    Election News

    Michiganders have through Oct. 19 to register to vote online for the Nov. 3 general election. Through Oct. 19, Eligible Michigan citizens can register online at Michigan.gov/Vote or by mail (postmarked by Oct. 19) . If someone has not yet registered after this deadline has passed, they may still register in person at their city or township clerk’s office through Election Day with a document verifying their residency. They can also . . . 

  • Military service members and veterans provided resources and guidance ahead of general election

    Military VotingMilitary service members can now access resources to aid in understanding and exercising their voting rights with the launch of the Michigan Department of State’s (MDOS) first Military Voting Engagement Toolkit. The toolkit will provide equitable access to voting for military service members, veterans and their families ahead of the coming presidential election. The Military Voting Engagement Tool Kit can be found at . . .


     

  • Secretary of State offices encouraging online donations as part of annual Harvest Gathering campaign

    Michigan Harvest GatheringLANSING - Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that this year’s Harvest Gathering campaign at Secretary of State offices collected more than 10,200 pounds of food and more than $1,600.

    “I’m grateful to our customers and staff for generously contributing to their neighbors in need,” Benson said. “Our offices have been part of the Harvest Gathering program for many years and we are proud to join other organizations in this annual statewide effort to fight hunger . . .


     

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