Jake Rollow

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she’s using her authority to ensure fair and orderly elections to ban openly carrying firearms at polling places.

She issued the directive to election clerks Friday. It states:

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With about eight weeks to go until the November election, the Michigan Secretary of State’s office says local clerks are seeing unprecedented demand for absentee ballots.