Latest Jocelyn Benson News

Michigan may add non-binary option to driver's licenses

Jan. 12, 2020 9:32 AM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office is working to add a third gender option on Michigan licenses. The possibility to add a non-binary option might be complete by 2021, according to The Detroit News. Michigan would become the 14th state to make such a change. “At this...

Audit: Insufficient training, Michigan voter file breached

Dec. 27, 2019 6:38 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An audit of Michigan’s Bureau of Elections released Friday found discrepancies that allowed an unauthorized user to access the state's voter file and inadequate training of elections officials in over 500 local governments. The audit by the Office of Auditor General found that...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick speaks during a mental health forum in Manchester, N.H. Patrick has failed to collect enough valid voter signatures to make Michigan's March 10, 2020, Democratic primary ballot. The state Bureau of Elections says Patrick, who jumped into the race late, submitted nearly 8,700 valid signatures, less than the roughly 11,300 that are needed. More than 5,100 signatures were deemed invalid due to errors. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Patrick short on signatures to make Michigan primary ballot

Dec. 26, 2019 7:57 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a late entrant to the presidential race, failed to collect enough valid voter signatures to make Michigan's March 10 Democratic primary ballot. In a report dated Tuesday, the state Bureau of Elections said Patrick's campaign submitted 8,660...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019 file photo, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, speaks at her office in Lansing, Mich. Benson, who campaigned on a 30-minute wait promise amid complaints over long lines, at branch Secretary of State offices, said Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, that people who book an appointment will get in and out of branch offices within a half-hour, but the guarantee does not apply to those who show up without one. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

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...