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Secretary Johnson names Sally Williams as new elections director

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced Sally Williams, a long-time Department of State staff person, as the next director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections on June 28.

Williams now serves as the bureau’s Election Liaison Division director, which assists county and local clerks in their election administration duties, and oversees training of local election officials. Before that, she served in the executive offices of Secretaries Candice Miller and Terri Lynn Land as the assistant to the chief of staff and as a project manager for major departmental initiatives.

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“Sally’s breadth of experience with Michigan elections and her established relationship with local clerks make her an excellent choice to lead the Bureau of Elections,” said Johnson, the state’s chief election official. “She will ensure Michigan voters can continue to have full confidence in the accuracy and integrity of our elections process. Already in her current position, she has spearheaded improvements in a number of areas, including a focus on improving election worker training.”

A Michigan State University graduate and 30-year employee of the department, Williams led the efforts of the Bureau of Elections when the state reviewed and selected vendors to supply the new election equipment that will be in use statewide by August 2018. She also directed the bureau’s efforts to better train local election officials and their workers, and conduct post-election audits, as well as the launch of the Michigan Voter Information Center at



Vote on Aug. 8

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents to cast ballots in the communities holding elections on Tuesday, Aug 8.

"Voting provides you an opportunity to make your voice heard not only in your community but throughout the state," said Johnson.

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center for a sample ballot, polling place map and more.

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SOS on Comcast Newsmakers show

Secretary Johnson was recently interviewed by host Laurel Hess on the Comcast Newsmakers program about the state's ProtectMiChild program to keep kids safe from adult-oriented ads.

Watch it here

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