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Updates About Elections

Whitmer Makes Appointment to Board of State Canvassers

Update: Jan 2-20, 2023

On January 13, Governor Whitmer announced the re-appointment of Mary Ellen Gurewitz and Richard Houskamp to the Board of State Canvassers. Mary Ellen Gurewitz of Detroit was appointed to represent Democrats and Richard Houskamp of Grand Rapids is appointed to represent Republicans. Both of their terms begin on February 1, 2023 and will expire January 31, 2027. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

The Board of State Canvassers canvasses and certifies statewide elections, canvasses nominating petitions and state-level ballot proposals and their petitions, approves electronic voting systems for use in the state and, when necessary, conducts recounts for state-level offices. The Board is currently composed of four members with two members from each major political party.

Michigan Certifies November Election Results

Update: Nov 14-Dec 9, 2022

On Monday, November 28, the Board of Canvassers unanimously certified the 2022 Michigan election results for all 83 counties.

The bipartisan panel, consisting of two Republicans and two Democrats, accepted the results despite two hours of public comment urging the board to overturn the results as well as demands from dissatisfied candidates who claim election fraud occurred. Among these candidates was Republican Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo who lost by 14 points to incumbent Democrat Jocelyn Benson. Karamo’s accusations were not entertained by Republican Chairman Anthony Daunt.

In related news, the Board of State Canvassers unanimously approved the partial recount of Proposal 2, Promote the Vote, and Proposal 3, Reproductive Freedom for All on December 5. Proposal 2 will see recounts in more than 40 precincts while Proposal 3 will see recounts in over 500 precincts. This initiative was spearheaded by the Election Integrity Fund and Force, a group that has peddled election conspiracy theories.

MI GOP Chair Race

Update: Nov 14-Dec 9, 2022

Following the announcement that the current Michigan GOP chairman Ron Weiser will not seek reelection, several candidates have announced their desire to run for the position.

The pool of candidates includes Kristina Karamo, the Republican 2022 Secretary of State candidate; 2022 Attorney General nominee Matt DePerno; and Lena Epstein, former University of Michigan Regent and congressional candidate.

The winners of chair and co-chair will serve for two years, guiding the Michigan GOP platform.