Latest Jocelyn Benson News

Benson seeks input on redistricting forms, eligibility

Jul. 19, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's top election official on Thursday released proposed application wording and eligibility guidelines for people wanting to serve on a new commission that will draw congressional and legislative districts instead of lawmakers. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said her office...

Whitmer forms task force to support girls, women in sports

Jun. 17, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has created a task force to support and promote opportunities for girls and women in sports. The group formed Monday by an executive order must make initial findings and recommendations before March 2021. The 15-member task force will be chaired by...

Michigan secretary of state: First-time voter law is null

Jun. 6, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said a requirement that some first-time voters cast a ballot in person if they registered by mail or through a third-party drive is unenforceable in light of a 2018 voter-approved constitutional amendment that expanded options for absentee...

Michigan Republicans sue to keep ballot drive changes intact

Jun. 5, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's Republican-led House and Senate are suing to preserve a law that makes it harder to qualify proposals for the statewide ballot. Two lawsuits filed Wednesday in the Court of Claims and state appeals court seek to force Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to follow...