Secretary Benson: “Every Election is an Opportunity for Us to Improve our Procedures”

Nearly 200 different jurisdictions held some sort of election Tuesday, from millages to annexations, Michiganders casted their votes.

But from the state’s perspective, this May election carried a bit more weight.

The local May elections are often overlooked. They aren’t statewide ballot issues, they’re more localized issues like school or township millages that really impact small areas.0183qs18 49 43 18still001

This year’s a little different. This May election is the first election since the November 2020 election and the controversy that came with it. The double checks and the audits all can be funneled in to a practice run here in May.

“Every election is an opportunity for us to improve our procedures and insure our elections are secure,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said while touring a polling place in Holland.

Secretary Benson toured a handful of polling places across the state, checking on the progress of the elections.

“It’s also great to see how secure the process is here,” Benson said, “As it is throughout the state, insuring that every valid vote is counted.”

That has been more important than ever since the November election when complaints of fraud and lies surrounded the results. Audits re-affirmed the results but echoes of the conspiracies remain.

“I think the more leaders that tell the truth about November 2020, the more citizens will have rightfully placed faith,” Benson said.

Now the battle has moved to the State Capitol where Benson has asked for reform to give clerks more power and time while the GOP wants more security. Another proposal would possibly do away with the May elections altogether. The plan would combine May with August and hold them in June.

“Often times consolidating the elections will insure low turnout elections, like May elections often are, they become higher turnout elections when they are matched with a higher turnout primary,” said Benson, “That’s a good thing. Anytime we have more people weighing in on issues that affect them, that’s a good thing for democracy.”