Opinion: To keep Election Day safe, leave your guns at home

Opinion: To keep Election Day safe, leave your guns at home

As we head into Election Day, voting in Michigan is well underway. And voting in Michigan has never been easier. As of 2018, everyone is eligible to vote by mail and new voters can register through Election Day thanks to same-day voter registration. According to a recent study by VICE , Michigan is the only state in the nation to substantially increase the number of polling locations in 2020 while most states have slashed polling locations. And despite recent attention to a court battle over guns at polling locations, Michigan voters should rest assured that voting is not only easy: It is safe. Indeed, like every election cycle, election officials are hard at work at ensuring a peaceful and secure voting experience for Michigan residents — as the law guarantees. The current dispute in Michigan courts relates to an October 16 directive from Michigan’s Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, prohibiting the open carry of firearms at all polling places and ballot counting locations. Within days, a variety of Michigan gun rights groups filed suit in state court, seeking to stop the directive. On Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an order rejecting Benson’s directive. The Michigan Attorney General has already appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court. But regardless of where the judicial ping-pong over Benson’s order ends, it is possible it will be illegal to carry firearms at most Michigan polling places on Election Day and other protections against voter intimidation will remain in place. Become a subscriber […]

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