Gov. Whitmer joined by Sec. of State Benson for update on voting during the pandemic

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 3:52 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 5:34 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun provided an update regarding the state’s response to COVID-19. In addition to their regular report they were joined by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who provided an update on the upcoming general election and voting opportunities.

At only 48 days away the state is preparing for an unusual election, both in terms of safety procedures and voter turnout. Mail in voting is available to any citizen in an effort to allow voters to participate without exasperating a pandemic that the country has already been struggling with.

Whether it’s the political climate or a preference for mail in voting, the Aug. primary had record turnout. Secretary Benson says that they anticipate record turnout in this November.

Ballots can be mailed in or taken directly to the county clerk’s office of the district the ballot is for and dropped off.

Governor Whitmer expressed hope that a vaccine for COVID-19 may be available late in the year, but said in the meantime the government would take reasonable steps to make voting a safe experience.

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