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Election Integrity

Strengthened election worker training to include more hands-on experiences, online options, and additional topics for nearly 1,000 workers countywide

Implemented a state of the art and more secure voting system countywide.

Eliminated electronic transmission of election results, further securing election equipment from risk of internet connectivity

Launched a “.gov” domain for election results, ensuring an easy way for the public to identify election results as authentic and coming from an official source

Actively supported legislative change allowing County Clerks to initiate removal of deceased voters based on death record information, allowing for more immediate accuracy of voter rolls

Customer Service

Enhanced online services to give customers more options from home and less time in line

Combined the Vital Records and Register of Deeds divisions and cross trained employees to better serve customer needs

Expanded customer service hours for satellite office locations without increasing costs

Increased electronic recording of property records to more than 70% for better security, efficiency and accuracy

Introduced a Property Fraud Alert service free of charge to county residents, that notifies of any suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity involving their real property


One of the first Counties in Michigan to make post-election audits open to the public to provide greater visibility and accountability in the process

Led Michigan as a pilot court for electronic filing of circuit court records

Ongoing digitization of court, elections, property and vital record documents to ensure better public access, less storage cost and more secure backup

Implemented an online campaign finance reporting tool to ensure visibility of candidate financial records

Consistent and open communication through public events, use of the web and social media in delivering accurate information to county residents.

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Meet Justin

Justin has served Ottawa County residents for the past decade as Clerk and Register of Deeds, and during that time, he has focused on leading in the areas of customer service, technology and the security of our public records and elections…

In The News

Skeptical of your local elections? Clerks say get involved.

Ahead of the upcoming primary on Feb. 27, and the nine days of early voting that come with it, a pair of county clerks talked election security.

Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck and Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons spoke in a media briefing over Zoom on Tuesday, Feb. 13, about preparation and training.

Ottawa County considering $769k plan to implement early voting

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — Elections across Michigan are set to be handled differently in the coming cycle after voters approved mandatory early voting options last year.

In Ottawa County, officials are moving to put $769,094 into a new early voting plan spanning the next two years that would allow voters in the county to vote at one of four early voting sites.

Early Voting Going Well, According to Ottawa Co. Clerk

OLIVE TWP., MI (WHTC-AM/FM, Feb. 22, 2024) – It hasn’t been as if it’s a duck taking to water, but early voting in Michigan has apparently gone well thus far.

Through the first four days of the nine-day window in which electors can go to specified locations to cast ballots in the Presidential Preference Primary, the Secretary of State’s office said that over 28,000 took advantage of this option created by passage of Proposal 2 15 months ago.

Ottawa County approves early voting agreement with amendments

It’s likely municipalities in Ottawa County will partner for early voting in 2024, after an agreement received unanimous approval from the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The agreement passed with a handful of amendments…

Election security put to the test in Ottawa County

During the 2020 presidential election, we saw allegations of widespread voter fraud, but all of them were proven wrong. The demand for secure, accurate and transparent elections remains.

That’s why in Ottawa County, the process of testing voting equipment is made public as we prepare for a possible presidential rematch and contentious local races…

Early voting in Ottawa County could be easier than ever in 2024

OTTAWA COUNTY — Ottawa County could partner with clerks in local cities and townships to implement early voting days added to the state constitution last November.

County Clerk Justin Roebuck presented an agreement to the finance and administration committee of the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Through it, entities will partner to establish four early voting centers where residents can take advantage of nine days of early voting.

Security cameras, online wait-management, watermarked ballots, part of passed Ottawa County Early Voting Plan

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass the county’s Early Voting Agreement. The vote came around 12:30am Wednesday morning, six hours after the meeting began. During the three-plus hours of public comment, many residents also spoke in support of the plan.

Two weeks ago, the Board of Commissioners delayed the vote after Chairman Joe Moss said he had a number of questions about the plan that he wanted to square up before a vote…

Ottawa County clerk declines $1.5M grant opportunity, cites private funding concerns

OTTAWA COUNTY — The Ottawa County Clerk’s Office announced Tuesday it was withdrawing from a nationwide initiative aimed at helping local election offices ensure election integrity.

In November, Clerk Justin Roebuck announced Ottawa County was a finalist in the “Centers for Election Excellence,” an initiative of the U.S. Alliance for Election Excellence…

In a county rife with conspiracy theories, a GOP clerk fights to win voters’ trust

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — As democracy in Ottawa County wobbled under a wave of misinformation, mistrust and raw anger, Justin Roebuck decided it was his job to shore it up.

And so, on a rainy night in late October, the clerk in this lakeside community set aside two hours to answer questions from his voters about the election system he oversaw…

Ottawa County Clerk Roebuck recognized as 'Clerk of the Year' by state association

HOLLAND — The Michigan Association of County Clerks on Tuesday named Ottawa County Clerk and Register of Deeds Justin Roebuck its 2021 Michigan Clerk of the Year.

The award is given by the association to a county clerk chosen by a committee of the five previous winners of the award. Roebuck is the second winner from Ottawa County, and the first from the county since Harris Nieusma won the second-ever Clerk of the Year award in 1977…

To The Point: Voting in presidential primary, beyond

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On this “To The Point,” what you need to know about voting in the presidential primary and beyond.

County Clerks from Kent and Ottawa County talk about one quirk of that presidential primary.

“For this election, if voters would like to choose a presidential primary candidate, they do need to tell their local election officials essentially which ballot they want,” Justin Roebuck, Ottawa County clerk, said…

Ottawa clerk: Stronger ethical guidelines for election officials would help restore faith

HOLLAND — Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck says adhering a unified code of ethical conduct for election officials would protect them against threats from those disputing the work done by officials throughout the country.

Roebuck was one several election officials from across the U.S. to participate in a virtual summit hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center Wednesday, June 16…

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Show your support

Would you like to get involved? If so, you can donate, go door-to-door, display a yard sign on your lawn, give an endorsement, stuff envelopes, call your neighbors, work the polls or be on call for other responsibilities. Let Justin know how you’re willing to help!