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

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

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

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

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


Special Meeting

May 5, 2023 (Fri)

CANVASS 5/2/23 Special Election

Special Meeting

February 10, 2023 (Fri)

Elect 2023-2024 Chair & Vice Chair


Special Meeting

December 9, 2022 (Fri)

Regular Meeting

November 10, 2022 (Thu)

Regular Meeting

August 3, 2022 (Wed)

Regular Meeting

May 4, 2022 (Wed)


Regular Meeting

December 9, 2021 (Thu)

Regular Meeting

August 4, 2021 (Wed)


Regular Meeting

November 4, 2020 (Wed)

Regular Meeting

August 5, 2020 (Wed)

Regular Meeting

May 6, 2020 (Wed)

Regular Meeting

March 11, 2020 (Wed)


Regular Meeting

August 7, 2019 (Wed)

Regular Meeting

May 8, 2019 (Wed)