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Some sheriffs won’t enforce open carry ban

BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — Some sheriffs have said they won’t enforce Michigan’s top election official’s ban on openly carrying guns near polling places on Election Day.

Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel called Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s guidance “illegal,” according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle.

“She doesn’t have the authority to make laws,” Schendel said.

Benson sent the guidance to clerks earlier this month, days after members of two anti-government paramilitary groups were charged with taking part in plotting the kidnapping of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The rule doesn’t apply to in-person early voting and concealed guns will still be allowed, except if the polling place is at a church or school, where firearms are banned.

Some elections officials and voter rights experts have been concerned about violence at the polls.

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