(CBS Detroit) – “There are multiple layers of security in place to ensure that every valid vote is counted and that the election results accurately reflect the will of the people,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Monday during a ‘a press conference.
Benson says voter intimidation and bad actors seeking to disrupt the electoral process will not be tolerated.
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The state’s Chief Electoral Officer said violators would be removed from the polls or arrested.
“If at any time there is any interference or disruption in the process from anyone, we will be there with the state attorney general and law enforcement to ensure the law is followed and that voters are protected,” Benson said.
Certification of Michigan’s 2020 general election was stalled in Wayne County and Detroit when votes were disputed.
Benson says his office is prepared this election season for post-election disputes.
“Any effort to disrupt the canvassing process will ultimately be futile,” Benson said.
“The law is clear. The county and the State Board of Solicitors have the legal responsibility to certify elections.
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Benson is also worried about misinformation.
“This is a threat to election security and it’s a threat we take very seriously and that’s why we continue to expand our resources to counter misinformation and partner with other messengers in the community. “, Benson said.
Polling stations open Tuesday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Same-day registration and absentee ballots can be submitted to your local clerk’s office.
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