Senate approves Pagel bill that modernizes village election process

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Bill transfers some election responsibilities to county officials

            The Michigan Senate today approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Dave Pagel that transfers duties in administering village elections.

            House Bill 4169 is part of a package of three bills that streamlines the election process by transferring the obligations of local canvassing boards to the county level and was passed with bipartisan support. It was previously passed by the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote.

“We make every effort to get the most out of the money entrusted to us by hard-working taxpayers, and this legislation saves money by eliminating the board of canvassers at the village level and conveying those duties to the county canvassers,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “County boards of canvassers already oversee local elections, so it only makes sense to make a more efficient use of resources in elections by consolidating these duties.”

The consolidation plan was included in the 2013-2014 House Republican Action Plan, which can be reviewed at

HBs 4169-4171 now head to the governor for signature.