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Benson Must Help Clerks Meet Impossible Deadline


The following is an excerpt from a Detroit News editorial, published January 17, 2024.


City and township clerks throughout Michigan say they can't pull off the requirements for Michigan's presidential primary election without the support Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson promised with the passage of new voting laws last summer.


We had concerns about codifying voting laws in the state constitution when Proposal 2 was on the ballot. Those concerns were amplified as subsequent legislation implementing the ballot measure was passed last year.


Now, 40 days before the state's presidential primary election — which Democrats pushed up for partisan purposes — Michigan clerks are scrambling to prepare for the balloting under the new regulations and requirements.


"We need you to be aware … of the anguish and astronomical expense this legislation has caused for clerks as we try to find ways to comply," says a letter dated Jan. 11 from 74 Michigan city and township clerks to Benson and Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater.


That's despite $46 million lawmakers allocated this year for implementation of Proposal 2.


Clerks are "losing sleep," the letter says, over a provision that requires them to contact every voter registered for a permanent absentee if they fail to return the form designating whether they want a Republican or Democratic ballot 40 days before the election.


The complete article can be found here:



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Senator Ruth Johnson reacts to the Detroit News editorial.


Senator Ruth Johnson criticizes the Secretary of State's failure to support local clerks trying to implement Proposal 2 of 2022.




 

News @ Noon: MFE Coalition Task Force Meetings


Join us Thursdays for

MFE's Coalition Task Force Meetings, 12-1 PM


Tune in for MFE’s weekly Coalition Task Force meetings.

The next meeting is Thurs, February 1st at 12 PM.

Registration is needed to attend each meeting. Register below.



Please note: No representatives of the media are allowed in our meetings.


 

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WANTED: Poll Challengers and Election Inspectors


Pure Integrity Michigan Elections (PIME) is renewing its participation in the statewide Election Protection Team to make sure cities and towns across the Mitten State have an equal partisan balance of election inspectors and poll challengers, as the law requires.


If you are interested in becoming an election inspector or poll challenger, fill out the form at: www.electionprotectionteam.com/MI. Once you sign up, you will be emailed a list of poll challenger trainings.


All poll challengers must attend at least one training to be placed at a location in 2024.  To register, click on one of the Training Schedule links below. If you cannot attend one of these training sessions, more will be scheduled for February.

Virtual (Zoom) Training Schedule

  • Wednesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm (RSVP here)

  • Thursday, February 1st at 11:00 am (RSVP here)

  • Monday, February 5th at 1:00 pm (RSVP here)

  • Wednesday, February 7th at 7:00 PM  (RSVP here)

  • Thursday, February 8th at 11:00 AM (RSVP here)

  • Monday, February 12th at 1:00 PM (RSVP here)

  • Wednesday, February 14th at 7:00 PM (RSVP here)

  • Thursday, February 15th at 11:00 AM (RSVP here)

  • Monday, February 19th at 1:00 PM (RSVP here

  • Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 PM (RSVP here

  • Monday, February 26 at 1:00 PM (RSVP here)

 

Mark your calendars to attend Election Integrity Network's outstanding national working groups. Consider also serving as liaison to report to MFE's Task Force Coalition on our Thursday meetings.  

  • Citizen Research Project | Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Election Technology | Jim Womack, NCEIT

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 4 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Introduction to Election Integrity Infrastructure | Kerri Toloczko and Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Vote By Mail / USPS | Ned Jones, EIN

  • Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Legislative Development | Kathleen Harms, TN

  • Every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Voter Roll Maintenance | Willard Helander, EIN

  • Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Vulnerable Voters | Kerri Toloczko, EIN

  • Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 4 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Every 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Election Audits | Mike Raisch

  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 4 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Building Local Task Forces | Joshua Taylor

  • Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE

  • Media Training | Kerri Toloczko

  • Every 1st Thursday at 7 p.m. (ET)

  • Register HERE


 

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