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Aghogho Edevbie named Deputy Secretary of State

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that attorney and voting rights advocate Aghogho Edevbie [i] is joining her administration March 6 as Deputy Secretary of State.

“Aghogho is deeply committed to ensuring every voice is heard and every vote is counted and has a wealth of experience working to ensure our elections continue to be free, fair, secure, and accurate,” said Secretary Benson. “He will be an invaluable addition to my administration as we implement the new voting rights enshrined in our state Constitution, enact policies that build on the strengths of our elections system, and prepare for and carry out the 2024 election cycle.”

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Edevbie has played a crucial role for more than a decade in protecting voters through his advocacy for ballot drop boxes, early voting, and protections for election workers. For the last three years, Edevbie has served as the Michigan state director for All Voting is Local, a nonpartisan voting rights organization.

“I am deeply honored to join Secretary Benson and her team supporting Michigan voters and election workers,” said Edevbie. “Our democracy remains strong in Michigan and by working together to make nonpartisan improvements we can ensure democracy prevails for many years to come.”

As Deputy Secretary of State, Edevbie will lead the development and implementation of the administration’s election policy. He will also work on outreach and education through engagement with state and local elected officials, as well as supporting clerks and community organizations and leaders.


[i] Pronounced Ah-go-go Eh-dev-ve-ay

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