Some Michigan sheriffs won't enforce open carry ban at polls

Posted at 11:33 PM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 23:33:54-04

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Some sheriffs say they won't enforce Michigan's top elections official's ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day.

Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel says Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's guidance is “illegal,” and she doesn't have the authority to make laws, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reports.

Benson sent the guidance to clerks earlier this month, days after members of two anti-government paramilitary groups were charged with taking part in plotting the kidnapping of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Some elections officials and voter rights experts have been concerned about violence at the polls.