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Open carry of guns is an open question at Michigan polls on election day

Open carry of guns is an open question at Michigan polls on election day
Posted at 6:47 PM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 18:47:46-04
(WXYZ) —

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson could not answer whether Second Amendment gun rights advocates can open carry guns as poll watchers on election day.

We’ve watched as guns have been carried to and inside the Michigan capitol building during heated political discussions. The guns are legal there.

Benson told reporters in Detroit that she’s working with the Michigan Attorney General and, “I would be very concerned about that if anyone does that and we’re going to be looking at what the law does and does not allow. We’ll be making a clear announcement as we get closer.”

Detroit opened 23 voting centers today that will be open 7 days a week. Registered voters can obtain absentee ballots and cast them at the centers or take them home to mark and return.

Thirty drop boxes have also been set up in Detroit for the return of ballots.

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey says she’s still short of 10,000 workers she will need for the election.

She has a federal grant to pay them and said today the daily pay has been increased from $175 to $500 or more to fill the positions.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Thursday, Sept. 24: Early voting begins, absentee ballots begin being mailed
Monday, Oct. 19: Online, postmarked-by voter registration deadline
Tuesday, Oct. 20 through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person registration allowed with local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail
Monday, Nov. 2: Absentee/mail-in postmarked-by deadline
Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person voting