Jocelyn Benson Calls for Big Michigan Election Reforms, Including a Voting Holiday

February 01, 2021, 1:49 PM

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is asking legislators to pass sweeping election reforms to "advance democracy on the road ahead."

Benson, speaking at an online press conference Monday, said there was no evidence of widespread fraud in the November election, but acknowledged room for improvement, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Among proposals:

  • Mailing applications for absentee ballots to registered voters every federal election cycle

  • Giving clerks an extra two weeks ahead of Election Day to process, but not count, absentee ballots

  • Letting clerks count absentee ballots postmarked by Election Day and received "shortly after" to be counted. The office did not define how long after those ballots could be received and still be valid.

  • Establishing early in-person voting at clerks' offices or satellite locations

  • Making Election Day a state holiday

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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