Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to speak at Democratic National Convention this week

Posted at 10:50 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 10:50:13-04

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.

Benson will speak alongside California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to address voting rights.

According to a press release, Benson and Pedilla will "encourage viewers to exercise their right to vote safely in November."

“Let’s be clear. There is absolutely zero difference between voting by mail and voting absentee," Benson said in a press release. "Millions of Americans vote absentee and have for decades. Donald Trump, his family, his staff: they all vote by mail. In fact, states like Colorado, Utah, and Oregon have been voting by mail for years. Republicans and Democrats agree that it’s safe."

“As the country prepares to vote this fall amidst a global pandemic, it is critical that every citizen knows how to exercise their right to vote and ensure their ballot is counted,” Benson said.

Last week, Benson announced her office will mail postcards to people telling them they can vote from home in the November election.

The postcards will encourage people to apply for an absentee ballot online or at their local election clerk's office.

According to the Department of State, the postcards will be mailed from the Michigan Bureau of Elections to 4.4 million active, registered voters who are not on the permanent absent list or have not already applied for a November absentee ballot.