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  • Statement from Michigan Department of State Spokesman Jake Rollow on President Trump's revised tweet

    News Update"President Donald Trump's updated statement is also false. Absent voter applications are mailed nearly every election cycle by both major parties and countless advocacy and nonpartisan organizations. Just like them, we have full authority to mail applications  . . . 


     

  • Statement from Jake Rollow, spokesman for the Michigan Department of State, on President Trump's inaccurate tweet

    Special Announcement

    "President Donald Trump's statement is false. The Bureau of Elections is mailing absent voter applications, not ballots. Applications are mailed nearly every election  . . .


     

  • Board of State Canvassers to meet May 22 PDF icon

    Michigan Capitol BuildingThe Board of State Canvassers will conduct a meeting May 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. which will be held virually due to Executive Order 2020-48  . . .

     


     

  • Benson: All voters receiving applications to vote by mail

    Election News

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that all registered voters in Michigan will receive an application to vote by mail in the August and November elections.

    “By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” said Benson. “Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it.”  . . .


     

  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson urges drivers to watch for motorcyclists

    Motorcyclists are hard to see. Look twice. Save a life.

    LANSING – In recognition of May as national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging motorists to take extra precautions and “look twice” for motorcyclists, especially on city streets and at intersections.

    “One of the most common misconceptions among drivers is that most motorcycle crashes happen on highways,” Benson said. “But crash statistics tell a different story. Motorcyclists are most likely to be involved in a crash with another vehicle on urban and suburban streets and at intersections.” . . . 


     

  • Three weeks remain to apply for Michigan's Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

    Map Michigan;s FutureThe Michigan Department of State has now processed 5,559 notarized applications for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and reminds those interested in applying that only three weeks remain until the June 1 deadline. Applications can be completed and notarized electronically at RedistrictingMichigan.org . . .

     

  • Voting access temporarily expanded for blind citizens

    election news

    Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today an agreement had been reached with the Michigan Affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind to temporarily expand voting access for the May 5 elections  . . . 


     

  • Spend your time on the water, not in line

    Watercraft RenewalMarch is the time of year to renew watercraft registrations and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging customers to renew online or at a self-service station  . . .