Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on election safety, re-election bid

Voters have a choice between electing people who will disrupt and overturn election results or protect them, according to sitting Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

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The midterm election is just a day away and things are heating up in Michigan. For the first time in over three decades, Democrats have a chance to win the state Senate in addition to the state House. Meanwhile, the performance of Republicans in Michigan could signal the direction of the party nationally going forward.

Over the last four years, Michigan’s elections have been overseen by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. As Secretary of State, Benson supervises over 1,500 local officials who actually register voters, provide voters absentee ballots and manage polling locations.

She is still required to do fulfill the role during her own re-election bid against Kristina Karamo — an election denier who has actively participated in efforts to overturn the results of elections in Michigan and other states.

“We hope for the best and we expect the best, but we will have people all throughout the state, including local state and federal law enforcement to enforce the law if anyone at any point in any stage in the process steps out of line, intimidates voters, or tries to interfere or disrupt the elections.” — Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State


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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is running for re-election against Republican challenger, Kristina Karamo. Benson says she is enforcing election laws and anyone who violates the law will be held accountable.

“We hope for the best and we expect the best, but we will have people all throughout the state, including local state and federal law enforcement to enforce the law if anyone at any point in any stage in the process steps out of line, intimidates voters, or tries to interfere or disrupt the elections,” says Benson.

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