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  • Secretary Benson continues post-election audit pilot program

    Election NewsThe Department of State’s Bureau of Elections is once again partnering with local election officials and national experts on risk-limiting audits to verify the results of the Nov. 5 local elections . . .


  • Two Detroit vehicle dealerships under summary suspensions close

    CarsDETROIT – Two vehicle dealerships, Rimo Auto Sales Inc. and Brietling Financial Auto Inc., have had their licenses suspended by the Department of State and are now closed.

    Rimo Auto Sales Inc., also known as Luxury Auto Group, 15846 W. Warren Ave., and Brietling Financial Auto Inc., 7355 Greenfield Road, both owned by Mohamad El-Ghandour, were issued the suspensions Oct. 29 for failing to produce the necessary dealership records  . . .


  • Benson announces beginning of online voter registration and availability of eNotary services in Michigan

    Online Voter RegistrationLANSING – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced on Cyber Monday that Michiganders can now register to vote or update their voter registration online at Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration.

    In another major announcement, Benson said that offering electronic (eNotary) and remote notarization services is now an option for the state’s more than 113,000 notaries public. Both programs represent steps forward for Michigan in using technology to provide modern and convenient services to residents . . .


  • Ohio and Michigan secretaries of state place bet on 2020 voter turnout at UM-OSU game

    Election News

    ANN ARBOR – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose made a friendly bet today at the University of Michigan vs. Ohio State football game in Ann Arbor – and it wasn’t about football.
    Benson, a proud Michigander and Wolverine fan, and LaRose, a proud Ohioan and Buckeye, each wagered that their state would see a higher voter turnout percentage in the 2020 general election. If Michigan  . . .


  • Secretary Benson replacing unreliable kiosks with new self-service stations

    Self Service StationsLANSING – Completing a pledge made earlier this year, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced she is replacing unreliable, hard-to-use kiosks across the state with new, user-friendly self-service stations, increasing the number of stations by more than 60 percent.

    Following a successful one-month pilot phase completed this month involving a dozen new self-service stations and thousands of customer transactions, the project will expand to replace all 93 existing kiosks by the end of January and add 57 more, for a total of 150, by the end of April. Additional stations . . . 


  • Secretary Benson names Jonathan Brater Director of Elections

    Special Announcement

    LANSING – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named Jonathan Brater as the incoming Director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

    Brater will begin Jan. 2, following the retirement of current director Sally Williams. Brater has worked alongside Williams for the past 11 months as he focused on elections while serving as the Department of State’s Legal Policy Director. He previously served . . .


  • Older Driver Safety Awareness Week begins Dec. 2

    Safe Drivers Smart Options - Keys to Lifelong Mobility

    If you have an aging driver in the household, you’re not alone. In Michigan, residents age 65 and older represent the fastest-growing segment of the state’s driving population.

    To highlight the issues surrounding aging drivers, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson urges residents to observe “Older Driver Safety Awareness Week,” beginning Dec. 2. This nationally recognized event . . .