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  • U-M Transplant Center recognizes Secretary of State Ruth Johnson for promoting organ donation

    RJ with her Wolverines for life awardSecretary of State Ruth Johnson was awarded the University of Michigan Transplant Leadership Award this week by the University of Michigan Transplant Center and other members of the Wolverines for Life program.

    “When I took office in 2011, only 27 percent of Michigan adults had signed up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry . . . 


     

  • Ballots ready to head to military, overseas voters

    election newsSecretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that military and overseas voters will have their ballots sent to them this week if they’ve requested them. The Bureau of Elections has reminded all 1,520 city and township clerks that these ballots must be sent no later than . . .


     

  • Secretary of State Ruth Johnson: Oct. 1 driver fee elimination doesn't guarantee valid license

    SOS Seal

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today reminded motorists that the Driver Responsibility Fee Law’s elimination on Oct. 1 wipes clean only those fees from a driving record. License suspensions not related to Driver Responsibility Fee . . .


     

  • SOS office in Allegan temporarily relocating, to be closed Sept. 24

    SOS Office

    The Secretary of State office in Allegan will close on Sept. 24 and temporarily relocate as part of a renovation and expansion project but customers can hop online to ExpressSOS.com instead, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said  . . .


     

  • Secretary of State hires more staff to prepare for Driver Responsibility Fee Law repeal

    SOS Seal

    In an effort to shorten wait times at offices, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced her office is hiring additional staff for offices across the state to address increased transaction numbers when tens of thousands of residents regain eligibility for driver’s licenses upon the elimination of the Driver Responsibility Fee   . . .


     

  • Secretary Johnson names John Llewellyn as new policy director

    Special Announcement

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced John Llewellyn as director of the department’s Office of Policy Initiatives.

    As policy director, Llewellyn oversees the Office of Government Affairs, which works with the Legislature and the governor’s office on legislative and public policy matters as they relate to the department, and the Office of External Affairs . . .

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  • Secretary of State Ruth Johnson receives national award for promoting organ donation

    Gift of Life America Award PresentationThe national organ donation advocacy group Donate Life America has awarded Secretary of State Ruth Johnson its DMV Innovation Award for her and her office’s efforts to promote organ donation and encourage people to join the state’s donor registry. . .


     

  • Students at Michigan colleges encouraged to register to vote at Secretary of State Mobile Office

    Secretary of State Mobile Office

    Students at 18 Michigan colleges and universities will have a chance to register to vote at the Mobile Office this fall, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced.

    “We’re launching our 3,000-mile 2018 Voter Registration Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 4th at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills campus, and we’ll be traveling statewide from there,” Johnson said. “Students are encouraged to register to vote, ask questions about services and take care of any Secretary of State business they might have, right on campus.”

    The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 8 . . .