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Clerks encourage citizen participation

ALPENA, Mich. — Alpena residents got to talk to their election workers Wednesday night.

The League of Women Voters hosted an informational session at Alpena community college at 7 PM. After a half–hour presentation on voting rights, the township and city clerks answered questions from the audience. The pair expressed concern about the public’s falling trust in democracy.

Township Clerk Michele Palevich said she encourages more people to join the process.

“People make allegations about how secure the election is, but they don’t come and watch the process. We invite them, we advertise it. We love to see people, but they never show up.”

Palevich said you can help as a party election worker or independent ballot counter. She says you’re also welcome to watch the public accuracy test.

You can find more information about election participation on the city and county websites, as well as from your local party.