Clerk erred without ill intent, state says

By: 
Scott Sullivan
“People make mistakes,” Fox added. “If someone at the city or county level had inquired further, instead ‘circling the wagons’ and flat-out dismissing these concerns, we might all have learned and moved ahead with less anger.”

Saugatuck city clerk Monica Looman sent two ex-residents the wrong notice they must change their voter registration, says the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

But Looman’s error was procedural, inadvertent and the men, John Newland and Doug McIntosh, have since changed their address at a Secretary of State office, bureau official Sally Williams wrote citizen Dan Fox, who questioned the clerk’s action.

“I have talked through the different situations and notices with Clerk Looman,” said Williams, director of the election liaison division, in a June 10 letter. “(She) is now fully aware of the proper procedure and notices that must be sent.

“While our office cannot get into other conflicts between these parties, we hope our impartial review of the situation will help everyone move on,” Williams said.

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