What functions does the Bureau of Elections perform?

The Bureau of Elections is responsible for:

  • Administering the state's election and campaign finance law
  • Providing information about registering to vote and voting
  • Providing oversight and training to local election officials
  • Assisting candidates running for statewide offices with the requirements for filing nominating petitions, affidavits of identity and campaign finance reports
  • Administering the Michigan Electronic Reporting and Tracking System, which allows candidates to file campaign finance reports electronically
  • Administering the campaign finance database, which allows the public to access campaign finance reports via the department's Web at site at www.Michigan.gov/sos
  • Maintaining the state's Qualified Voter File, an electronic database of registered voters
  • Administering the state's casino and lobbyists disclosure laws
  • Providing support to the Board of State Canvassers



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