It was a relatively smooth election night across the state, which can be expected with the low turnout of an off-year election. Next year will be a different story.
Wednesday, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was at a press conference with House Democrats announcing new bills to lessen the burden of local clerks and make voting easier.
After the chaos following the 2020 election, Benson says being proactive can ease the massive turnout expected in November 2022.
“If you want to engage and get involved in our democracy, signing up to be an election worker is one of the best things people can do over the next year to get involved and help us prepare for next year‘s elections,” said Benson, “Then another thing is we’ve just got to keep supporting our clerks. Bills like allowing more time for pre-processing of absentee ballots are things and ways we can continue to move forward to support their work.”
The bill package was a response to 39 bills being pushed through by Republicans. So far, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vetoed every one that has reached her desk.