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Qualified Voter File (QVF) Plays a Vital Role in Michigan's Election System
One of the unique challenges Michigan has faced is how to effectively
administer an election system made up of election officials, administrators,
clerks and poll workers from 83 counties, 277 cities, 1,240 townships and 256
Add to that more than 7.4 million registered voters and the magnitude of the
problem quickly becomes apparent. With such a large electorate, even
straight-forward tasks such as updating voter rolls when people move to new
jurisdictions become labor intensive. Unlike many other states which keep
election records at the county or state level, Michigan's voter registration and
participation records are kept at the local level.
Given the size and complexity of Michigan's election system, one of the most
significant developments to its elections management has been the Qualified
Voter File (QVF).
The QVF is a statewide computerized system that has made a tremendous impact.
Among its many benefits, the QVF makes it easy for the Department of State to
accurately and quickly forward registration information from its branch offices
to local election officials. The QVF also reduces the chance for election fraud.
When the QVF was first developed, more than 600,000 duplicate and ineligible
registrations were removed from the state's voter rolls.
In addition, the QVF eliminates much of the paperwork involved in tracking
changes in voter registrations, making for a more effective and efficient
More than 400 communities are connected to the QVF server in Lansing through the
Internet, including the state's 83 county clerks who function as a QVF source
for about 1,200 smaller cities and townships. The QVF has been designed to
assist local election officials with many of their duties, including petition
and candidate tracking; keeping an electronic election calendar; and absent
With the implementation of the QVF, Michigan has moved its election management
system into the 21st century. Under the QVF, Michigan effectively meets the
needs of a growing and increasingly mobile voter population while maintaining
the integrity of the election process.