Working with Clerks


As you know, I take election integrity very seriously…

The November 2017 election of Detroit’s City Clerk came down to less than 1,500 votes, and with the results of its ensuing recount, it comes as no surprise that eyebrows are being raised in the direction of the City Clerk’s office.

Election operations in the city are coming into question due to a lack of accountability at every level, so of course, we conservatives should be concerned.

Perhaps we should take a step back and look at how we got here in the first place; what is the root of the issue?

I believe it comes down to two important factors.

  • Training:
    • Michigan law only requires that election workers to be trained every two years. I will work with the legislature to increase, strengthen, and certify training sessions for poll workers.
  • Recruitment of poll workers:
    • I hear from clerks all over the state that they are constantly looking for poll workers. As Michigan’s Secretary of State, I plan to partner with service organizations, libraries, colleges, and businesses to recruit poll workers with both the computer experience and office-related skills necessary to thrive in their roles.

Based on a recent Detroit News article regarding the City Clerk election recount, one of my opponents has proposed that the office of Secretary of State should “take complete oversight of the election process” in November 2018.

I disagree. I believe we must be proactive , not reactive.

To attack a sitting clerk only sows resentment and animosity; it’s easier to catch flies with honey. My plan to recruit poll workers, train and certify them to do their jobs with effectiveness and excellence, while holding clerks accountable along the way, is how we will succeed.

Bottom line: Taking away local control is not a conservative value—real leaders find solutions that don’t require big government takeovers.

And I intend to do just that.

God Bless,

Mary Treder Lang, CPA