Secretary of State

State finds more invalid signatures after 2nd review of LGBTQ rights group petition

BY: - July 23, 2021

After the Bureau of Elections (BOE) did a second review of the signatures submitted by Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, the consensus is that there is still not enough valid signatures to make it on to the 2022 ballot.  However, the campaign, which aims […]

LGBTQ rights group ready to file suit after state rejects petition signatures

BY: - July 9, 2021

Fair and Equal Michigan, the group behind the ballot drive to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people, is prepared to file a lawsuit against the Michigan Bureau of Elections (BOE) after determining the petition failed to clear a hurdle to get on the 2022 ballot. The BOE issued a report Thursday stating that the Fair and […]

State GOP chair settles payoff complaint for $200K

BY: - July 6, 2021

Michigan Republican Party Chair Ron Weiser has agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve a complaint alleging the state party paid a candidate to drop out of the 2018 secretary of state race.  The Michigan Secretary of State’s office has been investigating a February complaint filed by Laura Cox, the immediate past GOP chair, about alleged […]

House passes bipartisan bill for election challenger training

BY: - June 18, 2021

A GOP-sponsored bill requiring training for election challengers passed easily in the Michigan House on Thursday, a small spot of election policy bipartisanship in the state Legislature during fierce partisan debate around voting restriction bills. House Bill 4528 was adopted 105-4 in the House. The four members voting against it were state Reps. Matt Maddock […]

Michigan hopes to be among first states to adopt digital driver’s licenses in iOS 15

BY: - June 14, 2021

Michigan hopes to be among the first states to adopt a feature coming to iPhones this fall: digital driver’s licenses. Apple announced during their annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote recently that beginning with iOS 15, iPhone users will be able to scan their driver’s license and store the information in the Apple Wallet app. […]

Bills you may have missed, from licenses for undocumented individuals to requiring the governor report travel

BY: - May 24, 2021

Michigan’s governor would be required to report when they travel out of state to legislative leaders and undocumented individuals would be able to receive a driver license under bills introduced recently in the Michigan Legislature. Those are just two of the bills members of the House and Senate introduced in mid May on topics ranging […]

Group challenges signatures for ballot initiative scrapping Whitmer’s emergency powers

BY: - April 9, 2021

Keep MI Safe, a group that backs Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive powers exercised during the pandemic, on Friday filed a challenge against Unlock Michigan’s petition effort, alleging conflicts of interest and defective signatures, among other issues.  The conservative Unlock Michigan coalition turned in signatures last year to overturn the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act […]

Trump announces Michigan public hearing on election, but lawmakers say it’s not true

BY: - November 25, 2020

President Donald Trump’s campaign said the Michigan Legislature will hold a public hearing on the election next week, but the state’s GOP leaders said that’s not going to happen. In a statement Tuesday, the campaign said legislatures in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three key states in the Nov. 3 election which Democratic President-elect Joe Biden […]

Michigan can’t count absentee ballots until Election Day. A local clerk wants Whitmer to change that.

BY: - September 11, 2020

Updated, 1:31 p.m., 9/11/20, with comments from Gov. Whitmer’s office Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum this week sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, asking the former to issue executive orders that would speed up ballot processing for the Nov. 3 general election. Byrum requested on Tuesday that Whitmer […]

State to provide more support for Detroit elections

BY: - September 2, 2020

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Wednesday morning a partnership “to ensure the integrity and accessibility” of the Nov. 3 general election in Detroit. This comes after longstanding problems in Detroit elections, including 72% of Detroit’s absentee voting precincts failing to match the number of ballots cast in […]

Here’s where the 13 independent redistricting commissioners are from

BY: - August 17, 2020

Thirteen commissioners who will serve on Michigan’s first independent redistricting commission were selected in a random drawing Monday afternoon. The commissioners – four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents – will be responsible for drawing district lines for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Michigan Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives that will be […]

Election officials beg Legislature for help with surge in absentee voting 

BY: - August 4, 2020

The novel coronavirus has already shaken up work, schools, travel, recreation and more. Now as Michigan’s primary election arrives Tuesday and pandemic-stricken America nears the November general election, the virus looks like it could wreak havoc on the process. In Michigan — where a little more than 2 million voters requested an absentee ballot for […]