Daily Beast: Michigan residents will not be allowed to openly carry guns while voting on Nov. 3, state officials said Friday. In new guidance to local election officials, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson clarified that the state is prohibiting the open carry of guns on Election Day within 100 feet of polling places, clerks offices, and absentee-vote counting boards in an attempt to curtail voter intimidation.
The real ‘AntiFa’ with guns…
Michigan bans open carry of guns at Election Day polling places on heels of Gov. Whitmer kidnap plot https://t.co/R8N4eol5og— CNBC (@CNBC) October 16, 2020
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that open-carry of guns will be banned on Election Day from polling places, clerk’s offices and other locations where absentee ballots are counted. https://t.co/dNUw6x0TB2 via @AnnieGrayerCNN— Bob Ortega (@Bob_Ortega) October 16, 2020
The directive also requires clerks to post signage noting the rule and to contact the authorities of any violations. “Fair, free, and secure elections are the foundation of our democracy,” Benson said in a news release, adding that the presence of firearms may “cause disruption, fear or intimidation for voters, election workers, and others present.”
Michigan is prohibiting the open carry of guns within 100 feet of polling places amid fears of voter intimidation during the pivotal Nov. 3 election. https://t.co/hfRgAGKVEI— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) October 16, 2020
“I am committed to ensuring all eligible Michigan citizens can freely exercise their fundamental right to vote without fear of threats, intimidation, or harassment. Prohibiting the open-carry of firearms in areas where citizens cast their ballots is necessary to ensure every voter is protected.”
NEW: The open carry of a firearm is prohibited in a polling place, in any hallway used by voters to enter or exit, or within 100 feet of any entrance to a building in which a polling place is located.https://t.co/EDTMTUdALB— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) October 16, 2020