Dillard Plan to Close Dozens of Local Branch Offices Across Michigan a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Dillard Plan to Close Dozens of Local Branch Offices Across Michigan a Disaster Waiting to Happen

Democratic Candidate Calls for Closing Dozens of Local Secretary of State Branches, Inconveniencing Millions

LANSING, Mich. – Ruth Johnson for Michigan campaign manager Gary Koutsoubos today blasted a plan by Democratic Secretary of State candidate Godfrey Dillard to close dozens of local secretary of state branch offices across the state.

Dillard’s plan would inconvenience millions of Michiganders who would be forced to drive farther and wait in longer lines to get the important Secretary of State services they need.

“Godfrey Dillard’s plan to close local Secretary of State branches across the state would be a disaster for Michigan residents,” said Koutsoubos.  “Closing branch offices would increase wait times, force residents to drive much longer distances, take more time off of work and would cost the state a fortune.”

On the campaign trail, Dillard has repeatedly called for closing local branch offices across the state. Last week he told WDET’s Pat Batcheller that if elected he would close all of the 17 branch offices in Wayne County and consolidate services in one location.

Under Dillard’s proposal, if elected he would close branch offices in Belleville, Brownstown, Canton, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Inkster, Livonia, Redford, Taylor, Trenton, Westland and close 5 of the 6 offices in Detroit.

Consolidating services in one location per county would result in the closure of nearly 50 local offices in communities across the state, from Grand Rapids to Livonia to Saginaw and more—more than 1 in every 3 across Michigan!

Ruth Johnson has not closed a single branch office during her 4 years as Secretary of State.  She has made services better, simpler and faster at branch offices and through groundbreaking services like ExpressSOS.com that has empowered Michigan residents to skip the line by getting online.

ExpressSOS.com has processed over 5.7 million transactions in the last 4 years, trimming lines and wait times dramatically.

The Detroit Free Press today highlighted Dillard’s office closure plan as one of the reasons they determined Dillard is “ill prepared” to be Secretary of State.

Residents can find their local Secretary of State branch office online at http://services.sos.state.mi.us/servicelocator/