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Byrum selected to serve on Michigan’s Election Security Commission

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Posted at 12:07 PM, Mar 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-21 12:07:33-04

MASON, Mich. — Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum (D–Onondaga) has been selected to serve as a member of Michigan’s Election Security Commission.

Byrum joins a team of local election officials and national leaders, scholars and experts that have been assembled by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to secure and strengthen the elections system in Michigan.

“I am honored to serve on the Commission and bring my perspective as the chief Ingham County election official to the table,” Byrum stated. “I look forward to hearing from Michigan voters and experts about ways to maintain and enhance confidence in Michigan’s elections.”

Michigan’s Election Security Commission will recommend reforms based on a review of current security challenges and engage the public to strengthen confidence in the security of Michigan’s elections. A series of public hearings will be held around the state on topics related to election security in Michigan.

Byrum is a nationally Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA), has conducted 20 elections and was one of the few County Clerks to complete the 2016 Presidential Recount. She also has served on the Election Center’s Security Task Force and participated in the Voting Village at the DEFCON Hackers Conference in 2018.

“Working with individuals from across the country on the vital issue of election security, I have been able to develop a valuable perspective on the challenges that we face and the reforms that can be deployed,” Byrum said. “I believe my national experience will be instrumental to strengthening Michigan elections through the Michigan Election Security Commission.”