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01/07/2013 09:31 pm ET Updated Mar 10, 2013

Ruth Johnson Signs 'Voter Protection' Bills Bringing Districts Under Michigan Election Law

(LANSING, Mich.) -- Secretary of State Ruth Johnson signed legislation Monday to bring the state's seven metropolitan districts under Michigan Election Law.

Johnson is serving as governor until later in the day, while Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley are out of the state.

Metropolitan districts are combinations of two or more local units of government that operate parks and public utilities, and while many have elected boards, the elections are not covered in Michigan Election Law. The two bills, now known as Public Acts 586 and 587 of 2012 and sponsored by former state Rep. Richard Hammel, remedy this oversight.

"This is about allowing every voter to be a part of the democratic process, to have a voice, a say, regarding the decisions or behavior of those who govern," Johnson said.

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