Rep. Calley bill addresses status of county auditors within election law

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A bill introduced by state Rep. Julie Calley of Portland cleaning up Michigan election law by eliminating references to a local office no longer being utilized was advanced today in a unanimous vote by the Michigan House.

There are currently no elected boards of county auditors in the state of Michigan. The last remaining board, located in Saginaw County, was phased out in 2005. Previous law also required local governments to follow audit procedures laid out by the Department of Treasury, limiting the need for local elected boards.

Passages still exist within current Michigan election law mentioning the positions. Calley’s proposal, House Bill 5114, takes out a requirement that a general election be held to elect a county auditor. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Michael Webber, of Rochester Hills, removes the requirement for primary elections.

“Part of our job as a legislature is crafting new plans that help the people of Michigan, but another important component is going back to look at existing laws or segments of those laws that are no longer relevant to the current landscape,” Calley said. “There were large sections within election law that have long been outdated and this change was needed to offer clarification regarding these positions.”

Calley’s bill is part of a bipartisan, five-bill package now headed to the Senate for further consideration.