Openly carried firearms will not be allowed at polling places.

       Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says she’s using her authority to ensure fair and orderly elections.

Spokesman Jake Rollow says the directive will help ensure people can vote without feeling threatened during a very heated election. The directive says openly carried guns won’t be allowed within 100 feet of a polling place, clerks’ offices where absentee ballots are dropped off, and where absentee ballot counting boards meet.

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The state will work with Detroit election officials to ensure that problems encountered during the recent primary are not repeated in the November general election. The number of counted absentee ballots in the August primary didn't match the tally recorded in poll books in more than 70% of precincts. City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Secretary of State Joyce Benson said Wednesday that at least 6,000 election workers will be recruited to staff Detroit polling locations and absentee counting boards, and the method of counting and sorting ballots will be revised and streamlined.