Sue Allor (front row center left) and Ronna Romney McDaniel, the Michigan Republican Party Chair, (front row center right) met with Iosco County supporters on October 12th at the East Tawas Republican Campaign Headquarters located at 900 E. Bay St. 

This will be the location of the Election Night Party which will start at about 8 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome.

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This information was provided by John Moehring, one of our County Commissioners, who obtained a 3-page handout which can be obtained from the Commissioners' office, if additional information is desired.

The board is the chief policy making body of the county, but is also involved in some administrative activities.

The main responsibility of a legislative body is top evaluate critically the proposals for change from the status quo.  Most will come from the outside, citizens, administrators of county departments, the state legislature or the courts.  Some will come from commissioners or board committees.

The usual response is to adopt or defeat a resolution, because adopting an ordinance is more difficult than it is worth.

Another dimension is the oversight of county agencies. 

Among the legislative activities are adopting a budget, monitoring expenses and approving payment of bills and sets tax rates and fees.  It also sets compensation of all elected officials, many appointed officials and county employees.  It also appoints department heads and members of boards and commissions.  It establishes personnel policies and provides for necessary facilities and equipment. It also works in cooperation with other governmental units to provide services and public works.

While the activities of the courts, sheriff, clerk, treasurer, prosecutor, drain commissioner, register of deeds and equalization director are required by law, the level of service is set by the budgets provided by the board.

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At a recent meeting, one of our members indicated that he really didn't know the function of many of the political offices and would appreciate more information about them.  This seemed to be a need we had not been meeting.  From time to time we will feature articles about various offices.  This is the first.

What is the Iosco County Board of Canvassers?
By Rachel McCready

Boards of County Canvassers are established and duties defined by Michigan Election Law, Act 116 of 1954, the several parts of Section 168.24a-j, if you want to read all of it for yourself.

The Iosco County Board of Canvassers is responsible for canvassing (meaning “carefully reviewing and authenticating various forms and certificates completed to document the vote cast at the polls,”) and certifying (“declaring the final vote totals”) primaries and elections held in this county*. The Board is also responsible for conducting recounts, as required. Every four years, the Board must inspect and validate, as meeting specific state standards, all ballot containers used in the county.


The Board consists of four (4) members, two (2) people from each major party. Each Board member serves a four-year term and the terms are staggered. The County Clerk is the clerk of the Board.
By September 1 of each odd-numbered year, the county committee of each political party submits the names of three nominees qualified to serve on the Board of Canvassers to our Board of Commissioners, which then elects one person from each party to serve a four-year term. The Commissioners may request further information regarding the nominees’ qualifications: (a) a letter signed by the nominee indicating an interest in serving on the Board of County Canvassers and indicating an intent to discharge the duties of the position to the best of his or her ability; (b) prior election experience including canvassing elections, (c) whether the nominee has been convicted of a felony or election crime.

Members of the Board must be qualified electors of the county and must take and subscribe to the constitutional oath of office. An elected public officer may not serve on the Board. By law, Iosco County canvassers receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties, and are paid the same daily rate as is paid the members of the Board of Commissioners for meetings.
Members of the Iosco County Board of Canvassers are:
Debbie Adams, Republican Sue Simpson, Democrat Rae McCready, Republican Patti Casey, Democrat


Michigan requires county canvassing boards to meet at 1 p.m. the day after most elections to canvass the returns and the paperwork submitted to it by precinct level Election Inspectors. The Board ensures that all precincts submitted returns and supporting documentation, that the final tally on election night matches the tally of voters collected by precinct workers, and that the returns are without obvious mathematical or other errors.

The Board then combines the vote totals from each reporting precinct and certifies the election for local, countywide and district offices which are contained entirely within the county*.

All members of the Iosco County Board of Canvassers are greatly appreciative of the assistance given them in the performance of their duties by County Clerk Nancy Huebel and Deputy Clerk Kellie Flory.

*In the case of state or federal offices or proposals, the official county totals are forwarded to the Board of State Canvassers for the final certification. There are also provisions for issues and offices elected in multi-county districts.

Please note: Further information is contained in the 125 page Manual for Boards of County Canvassers published by the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections, July 2014.

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