Jocelyn Benson

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson banned the open carry of firearms within “100 feet of a polling place, clerk’s offices, or absent voter counting board” on election day. 

“The presence of firearms at the polling place, clerk’s office(s), or absent voter counting board may cause disruption, fear, or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present,” Benson said in a press release on Friday. Benson, who is considered the state’s chief election officer, added that she is working with state and local law enforcement in order to carry out the mandate. 

This ban comes a little over a week after federal prosecutors charged multiple men who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and while voters’ concerns about intimidation and violence on election day ramp up.   

Whitmer has criticized the Trump administration’s response to security threats and has stated that President Donald Trump is  “complicit” to domestic terrorists and “legitimizes their actions.” Far-right agitators have expressed fury over Whitmer’s statewide lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, with hundreds of people — many of them armed — descending on the state capitol to protest earlier this year. In the spring, Trump made a series …read more


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