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Court rejects appeal striking gun ban outside polling places

sign marking poll distance banning campaigning at polling places
Jodi Westrick
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Michigan Radio

The Michigan appeals court has rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court says said voter intimidation already is illegal.

The order came two days after a Court of Claims judge said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had exceeded her authority in prohibiting the open carry of guns within 100 feet of a polling place. Judge Christopher Murray said the policy didn't go through a formal rule-making process required under Michigan law.

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