Residents of Michigan will not be permitted to bring firearms within 100 feet of polling places on Election Day.
On Friday morning, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced the order prohibiting the open carry of firearms inside polling places or within 100 feet of entrances.
“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,” the statement said.
Benson instructed election officers to call law enforcement if they see that the prohibitions are being violated. The prohibition will not be extended to law enforcement officers.
Michigan has been the site of several large anti-government protests throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In April, armed protesters staged a demonstration outside the Capitol in Lansing to protest against restrictions placed on commerce in the state.
Benson said that there was the