Latest Jocelyn Benson News

Benson: 30-minute promise is kept -- with an appointment

Dec. 12, 2019 7:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Thursday that people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within half an hour, but that guarantee does not apply to those who show up without one. Benson, who campaigned on a 30-minute promise amid complaints...

Michigan replacing kiosks where drivers can renew plates

Nov. 27, 2019 4:41 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her office is replacing self-service kiosks that are unreliable and hard to use. Benson announced Wednesday that all 93 kiosks across Michigan will be replaced with more user-friendly stations by the end of January. The state also will...

Judge won’t block Michigan’s new redistricting commission

Nov. 25, 2019 6:48 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block the creation of a Michigan commission to draw seats in Congress and the state Legislature after the 2020 census. Republicans sued, claiming illegal provisions in the 2018 amendment to the state constitution. The 13-member commission is an...

Benson names Jonathan Brater director of elections

Nov. 25, 2019 3:24 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has named Jonathan Brater to be the next director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections following the retirement of current director Sally Williams. Brater, who will take over Jan. 2, has worked alongside Williams for the past 11 months while he focused...

Ex-lawmakers sue to block Michigan’s legislative term limits

Nov. 20, 2019 4:46 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eight former Michigan lawmakers filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging they have been unconstitutionally blocked from running again by “draconian” term-limit restrictions that also prevent voters from backing candidates of their choice. The suit, filed in Grand Rapids...

Michigan to mail redistricting panel applications to 250,000

Nov. 19, 2019 2:12 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan will mail 250,000 applications encouraging voters to apply to serve on a new commission responsible for drawing congressional and legislative maps. An independent accounting firm, Rehmann, randomly selected the 250,000 registered voters Tuesday. The applications...

Michigan changes transgender policy for driver’s licenses

Nov. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says her department is making it easier for transgender people to get a driver’s license or state ID card. Starting Monday, those wanting to correct the sex designation on their license can go to a branch office to have their photo...

Liberal PAC files 3rd challenge to Michigan election laws

Nov. 15, 2019 4:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has adopted laws and policies that overly restrict new voting rights included in a voter-passed constitutional amendment, a liberal group alleged in a lawsuit Friday. The suit, brought in state court, is the third filed by super PAC Priorities USA in battleground...

22 presidential candidates listed for Michigan primary

Nov. 12, 2019 11:37 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Eighteen Democrats and four Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are currently listed as candidates in Michigan's March primary. Tuesday was the deadline for leaders of the state Democratic and Republican parties to add names to a list released Friday by Secretary of State...

Suit opposes signature check of Michigan absentee ballots

Oct. 30, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic group on Wednesday challenged Michigan laws that require the rejection of absentee ballots if the voter's signature does not match what is on file, saying the "arbitrary and standardless" rule will unconstitutionally disenfranchise many more people following an expansion...