Secretary Johnson thanks clerks for election security work

New voting equipmentJUNE 22, 2018

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today spoke to local clerks at the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks’ conference in Traverse City, praising them for their ongoing efforts to safeguard the state’s elections systems.

“Our clerks have a track record of working together and communicating, and for being meticulous and vigilant with the processes that protect our elections,” Johnson told the hundreds of clerks present. “Our state and our country are truly indebted to you. Because of your hard work and our ongoing efforts to secure election integrity, Michigan is now looked at as a national leader.”

To update clerks about the efforts to upgrade election security, Johnson highlighted the new election equipment that will be used statewide this August and that Michigan is the first state to use all new equipment this year; constant voter list maintenance efforts; her office’s participation in the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center, which brings together federal, state and local officials to quickly identify and respond to potential threats; and an upgraded voter file system that is being rolled out this year.

Although Michigan was not one of the 21 states that had their voter file systems targeted in 2016, Johnson said all election officials across Michigan must remain vigilant and work together to further secure the state’s elections systems. She noted Michigan now has $11.2 million to review state and local election systems and further secure them.

Johnson also participated in the clerk awards ceremony Thursday evening, helping recognize Holly M. Thompson from Williamston as city clerk of the year, Jennifer M. Venema of Caledonia Charter Township as township clerk of the year and Amy M. Salowitz of Pinckney as village clerk of the year.

City and township clerks serve as election administrators in their communities.


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