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  • Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recognizes May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month


    In recognition of May as national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging drivers to exercise extra caution when driving as motorcyclists take to the road during warm weather months . . . 


  • Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission launches online portal for public comment


    Beginning today, Michigan residents have a new way to participate in the Michigan Independent Redistricting Committee's (MICRC) work with the launch of a public comment portal that will make it easy for residents to submit written comments, draw or upload maps and more . . .


  • Secretary Benson submits testimony defending freedom to vote, secure drop box access

    Election News

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson submitted testimony to the state Senate Elections Committee today, denouncing legislation from the chamber's 39-bill voter suppression package being taken up this afternoon. Her testimony emphasized the policies and procedures that made the November 2020 election secure and successful were embraced again yesterday in local elections across the state.

    "Throughout the day I saw steady streams of voters using drop boxes on Election Day and spoke with clerks and election workers still dissatisfied with the insufficient time provided under current law to preprocess absentee ballots," Benson stated. "Yet today the bills before you  . . .


  • Polling places in jurisdictions holding elections today are open until 8 p.m.

    Election News

    Polling places are open until 8 p.m. for voters who wish to cast their ballot in person in the jurisdictions across the state holding an election today.

    Voters can check if there is an election in their community by visiting Michigan.gov/Vote. They can also track their absentee ballot, find their drop box and clerk office locations, and view sample ballots on the site.

    "Today, Michigan voters in nearly 200 jurisdictions have several options to ensure their voices are heard in their local elections," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "If they already have an absentee ballot . . .


  • Absentee ballots should be returned in person, via drop box for May 4 elections


    Voters in jurisdictions with an election on May 4 should return their absentee ballots as soon as possible, either by drop box or in person at their local city or township clerk's office. Those who have not yet requested a ballot, or have requested one but have not received it, should visit their clerk's office to request, fill out and submit their ballot all in one trip. Voters can find the operating hours, contact information and locations of their local clerk's office and drop boxes  . . .


  • Secretary Benson announces new era of improved customer service operations

    Service Driven

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) has entered a new service-driven era of operations that is more convenient and efficient for customers. She noted that the majority of transactions can now be carried out from home or at a grocery store . . .


  • Secretary Benson submits testimony opposing voter suppression bill package

    Election News

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson submitted testimony to the state Senate Elections Committee today opposing legislation being taken up this afternoon in senate Republicans' 39-bill voter suppression package.

    "It's particularly disappointing that on the heels of the most successful, accessible and secure election in our state's history, where more people voted than ever before, many of the bills taken up for discussion today would eliminate the very policies and procedures that made it successful and replace them with rules to restrict access and erect barriers to democracy," Benson stated in her testimony . . .


  • More Secretary of State transactions now online, at self-service stations


    Michiganders can now renew their standard and enhanced driver's licenses and state identification cards online and at self-service stations after the Michigan Department of State successfully completed a massive technology upgrade.

    "We have launched a new, service-driven era of operations that provides customers many more ways to conveniently conduct their business with us," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "This is a major step forward as we continue to improve our service for all Michiganders."
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  • Watercraft registrations can be renewed online ahead of March deadline

    Watercraft Renewal

    Ahead of this year’s boating season, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reminds watercraft users to renew their registrations online or at a self-service station.

    “Customers can renew their watercraft registration from the safety and comfort of their home on our website or at one of the many self-service stations located across our state,” Benson said. “As we roll out upgrades to our online services this spring, customers will find it even more convenient to do business with the Secretary of State  . . .


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