Michigan Secretary of State

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has closed state park campgrounds, overnight lodging facilities and shelters through at least April 13. 

State parks and recreation areas are staying open so residents can get out of the house and enjoy nature, but camping reservations for dates between March 23 and April 13 will automatically be canceled. Reservation holders will receive full refunds.

Secretary of State branch offices are also closed at this time. In-person transactions and renewals by mail are unavailable.

MOUNT PLEASANT, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is reminding voters who have already voted absentee for a candidate that has since dropped out of the race that they can cast a new ballot. 

Following South Carolina’s primary several presidential candidates, including Pete Buttiegieg, Tom Steyer, and Amy Klobachar, have withdrawn from the race.

Jake Rollow is with the Secretary of State's Office. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Secretary of State office is holding a workshop in Marquette Thursday for those interested in serving on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Voters amended the state constitution last year to make residents responsible for drawing new district lines for the Michigan Legislature and U.S. Congress. The 13-member commission will consist of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and 5 members not affiliated with either party.

ALGER COUNTY

City of Munising—City Commissioner—Vote for not more than 2

Vicki Ballas-139

Christine Berry-134

Bob Wilkinson-104

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DELTA COUNTY

Bay de Noc Community College—0.8924 mills over 20 years for operations

Yes: 1,874   No: 5,332

Bay de Noc Township—renewal of 1.5 mills over 5 years for roads

Yes: 63   No: 36

Renewal of 0.5 mills over 5 years for operations

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A newspaper reports the Michigan State Police's Statewide Network of Agency Photos has grown to nearly 50 million facial images.

The Detroit Free Press reports the Secretary of State's Office has been giving state police its digital photos since 1998 and state police started using facial recognition technology in 2001. Those include ones taken for driver's licenses or ID cards.

The newspaper reports the database also can include social media images if police obtained them as part of a criminal investigation.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan’s Secretary of State could soon lose a major oversight role.

A bill to give the oversight of campaign finance matters to a commission passed out of the state House Thursday.

Democrats cried foul at the move. They say it’s an attempt to take power away from an incoming Democrat. Jocelyn Benson won the office of Secretary of State during the November midterm.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich says, “Pretty dramatic language but I think it’s true. It’s the equivalent of a legislative coup of the will of the voters.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans in Lansing want to take away some of the Secretary of State’s oversight powers. 

A state Senate committee passed multiple bills yesterday. They would create a commission to oversee campaign finance matters instead of the state’s top elections official.

Craig Mauger is with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. That’s a watchdog group that tracks campaign spending. He says a big concern is that the committee would be made up of three Republicans and three Democrats.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan residents could register to vote online under bills nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The state House approved the legislation unanimously Wednesday. The measures previously passed the Senate and are expected to receive final procedural votes later this month.

Driver responsibility fees eliminated in MI

Oct 1, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Office of the Secretary of State says it expects long lines Monday as it eliminates driver responsibility fees. 

The fees were a penalty in addition to tickets from driving infractions. Those fees could cost drivers upwards of one thousand dollars every year. Drivers who couldn’t pay had their license suspended.

Fred Woodhams is with the Secretary of State. He says statewide drivers accrued 570-million dollars in debt.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jocelyn Benson stopped in 

Marquette on her tour of the U.P. Thursday. She spoke to News Director Nicole Walton about what she'd like to achieve, if elected.

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