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Secretary of State candidates stress making motor office trips easier

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

DETROIT (AP) - Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Democratic challenger Godfrey Dillard seem to agree that Michigan motorists dread dealing with the state's motor vehicle registration and driver's license system.

In her campaign for another four years, Johnson talks about how hard she worked to improve service at Department of State branch offices even as her budget shrank. And she talks about expanding her pilot programs to cut the wait time.

Dillard is a prominent civil rights lawyer. He focuses on what's still annoying about getting a new license or plates and says he doesn't want to see people spend so long waiting.

Others on the ballot Nov. 4 are James Lewis of the Libertarian Party, Jason Gatties of the Natural Law Party and Robert Gale of the US Taxpayers Party.

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