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Michigan Makes $8M in Funds Available for Election Security

The state has announced that a pot of as much as $8 million will be made available to local governments for the purposes of improving election security. Municipalities can expect $1,500 for each voting district.

(TNS) — As much as $8 million in federal funds will be available to Michigan's election officials, including northwest Ottawa County.

Municipalities are eligible to receive up to $1,500 in reimbursements for each one of their voting districts. The money is meant to help improve security for local elections.

Grand Haven Township has reported in a recent weekly newsletter that it is eligible to receive as much as $10,500. Township officials said they will be using the money to pay for a security camera to monitor their election drop box at the administration building, and pay for seven voter I.D. scanners and eight laptop computers.

Ferrysburg Clerk Jessie Wagenmaker said her municipality has only one district and would be eligible to receive only $1,500. Wagenmaker said Ferrysburg has not decided yet if it will use the funds.

Spring Lake Township Clerk Carolyn Boersma said the township will be receiving $9,000, and plans to spend the money on laptops, I.D. scanners and another ballot scanner.

Michigan primary elections will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Ottawa County residents will be asked to vote in the Republican primary to decide who their candidates will be for the county's Board of Commissioners.

The Tribune was unable to reach officials at the city of Grand Haven at the time of reporting.

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