Candidates face off for open county commission seats

Ingham County voters will elect a new county commission in today’s election. At least four of the 14 seats on the ballot in districts across the county will see new commissioners, as no incumbents are seeing re-election in those districts. Those four districts include parts of Lansing, Delhi Township and Meridian Township. District 3, southwest Lansing
Republican Beverly Hansen faces off against Democrat Derrell Slaughter for a two-year term to replace Sarah Anthony, who is running for state representative. District 7, portions of south Lansing and Delhi Township
Alexa Krueger, Republican
Krueger is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Guidelines prevent voter fraud in Lansing

The City of Lansing provided all precincts with guidelines and checkoff sheets for every step of the voting process in order to ensure the integrity of the process, said Robbin Bell, chair of precincts five and 45. “We always were meticulous,” Bell said. “Because of this, we haven’t felt the need to change how we go about things.”

The checkoff sheets list what job each worker is doing, what they have to do and how to do it.  

“You really have to go through the checklists,” Bell said. “Even when it comes to setting up the machines you have to go step by step or you could miss a very critical part and mess up the entire process.”

Bell said the system is simple and ensures that everything is connected in the start.