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  • Secretary of State offices to close in Stay-at-Home order

    Special AnnouncementLANSING, MICH. Starting tomorrow, all 131 Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will be closed as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. The governor announced at a press conference today that the order would take effect at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow.

    “I fully support Gov. Whitmer and the leadership she is demonstrating by issuing a stay-at-home order,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “I have been communicating with her for some time on this issue, and know this is necessary to protect health of our employees and the public.” . . .

  • Secretary of State to mail absent voter ballot applications to all May 5 voters

    election newsLANSING, MICH. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that absent voter ballot applications will be mailed by her office to all voters in the May 5 election to help ensure both public health and democratic rights are protected. . . .


     

  • Secretary Benson exploring options for May elections

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    LANSING — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is exploring options to ensure the May 5 elections do not put public health at risk.

    “I want to ensure Michiganders maintain their democratic right to vote without putting their health or the health of our clerks and election workers at risk,” said Benson. “All options are on the table, including conducting the election by mail.”  . . . 


     

  • More than 3,500 applications processed for Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

    Map Michigan;s FutureLANSING — 3,590 notarized applications have been processed so far for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, and thousands more have been received.

    The applicant profile has been updated at Redistricting.org. It continues to show applicants coming from people across the state and of all backgrounds . . .

     

  • Share your love of motorcycling with others

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    Motorcyclists who are passionate about riding can share that passion with others as a certified motorcycle safety class instructor.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who oversees the state’s Michigan Rider Education Program, says that becoming a Motorcycle Safety Foundation-certified instructor, or “RiderCoach,” provides great job benefits . . .


     

  • 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  . . .


     

  • Michiganders from across the state are applying to serve on the redistricting commission

    Election NewsSecretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that 3,000 applications – or nearly half of the more than 6,000 applications received to date – for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission have been processed, and that the public comment period is now open for the weighted selection methodology proposed to identify the 200 semifinalists . . .