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Canvassing Board

Each of the 83 Board of County Canvassers in the State of Michigan are currently composed of two (2) Republic members and two (2) Democratic members, appointed by the Houghton County Board of Commissioners to four (4) year terms. Each political party submits names for consideration to the Houghton County Board of Commissioners.
Should there be a vacancy in the middle of a term, the political party of the vacancy must submit three (3) names to the Houghton County Clerk.  The Houghton County Clerk will then pick from those names submitted to fill the remainder of the vacant term.

The Canvass Board members are responsible for canvassing the votes cast with the county they serve for every election held in Houghton County. The Board members must certify elections for all local, countywide and district offices which are contained entirely within the county they serve. The County Canvass Board also conducts recounts for all units of government within the county the serve.

Every four (4) years, the County Canvass Board inspects and approves all ballot containers and bags for elections in Houghton County.

The County Clerk serves as the Clerk for the County Canvass Board.

Canvasser Addresses & Phone Numbers

Chair & Vice Chair Elected 12/9/21

Joan Antila (D)
2105 Balsam Lane
Houghton, MI 49931
TERM: 11/1/19 to 10/31/23

Barbara Manninen (D) -- Vice-Chairman
1038 Second St.
Hancock, MI 49930
TERM: 11/1/21 to 10/31/25

Becky Bruin-Slot  (R) -- Chairman
211 A St.
Hancock, MI 49930
TERM: 11/1/21 to 10/31/25

Sharon Foix (R)
53096 Mulberry Lane
Calumet, MI 49913
TERM: 11/1/19 to 10/31/23


June Haataja-Michaelson
PO Box 165
Chassell, MI 49916

Janet Metsa
47685 Pine Cir.
Houghton, MI 49931


Meeting Dates & Minutes

Regular Meeting December 9, 2021 (Thu) Minutes
Regular Meeting August 4, 2021 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting November 4, 2020 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting August 5, 2020 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting May 6, 2020 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting March 11, 2020 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting August 7, 2019 (Wed) Minutes
Regular Meeting May 8, 2019 (Wed) Minutes

All Department Contacts


Free Land Records Search


Pay Delinquent Property Taxes


Apply for a Marriage License


Property Tax Information


Foreclosed Tax Sales



2022 Election Inspector Training & Certification

Real ID -- Make a plan by May 3, 2023


Houghton County Courthouse
401 East Houghton Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931


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