Primary elections are right around the corner. August 7 is the date. Under our system here in the USA, we have two parties that can be voted on in the primaries. The Republican and the Democratic Party candidates for offices are voted on to decide who will appear on the final election ballot in November. Only the top vote getters from each party will move on to the November ballot and will then run against each other as their party’s candidate. During the primary election you can only vote for candidates from one party. You must decide before voting which party candidates you want to vote for and then only mark your ballot under that party’s list of candidates only. If you vote for candidates from both party’s, your vote will not count for the candidates. Your proposal vote will count but your candidate vote will not. Another reason that the primary election is important is that it allows for ballot proposals to be brought before you, the electorate. As a township we only get to hold votes when the laws allow or we have to pay the full costs of a special election which can be expensive. During the primary and general elections a municipality or local government can place issues on the ballot for our local residents to vote on. Some of these issues are just renewals like the one on our current ballot for the fire millage. This request is for another renewal of our current millage for the operation and maintenance of our fire department. However, other millage’s are requests for new items. Two new millage’s are on this ballot. One is for a county 911 operating millage and the second is for a township medical first responder operating millage. The county 911 millage would replace the fee we currently pay on all telephone and cell phone lines in the county. The township medical first responder operating millage is for just that. Operation costs for our medical first responder program. The approval of both of these requests would allow each program to enhance their services that are currently being offered. Neither program will cease if the proposals fail, they will just not be able to enhance their services to us. As always these decisions are up to you the voter to decide. But you can’t be heard if you don’t participate so get your relatives and neighbors, your friends and co-workers and get out and vote on August 7. Polls are open in all communities from 7 AM until 8 PM.
As always if you ever have any questions, comments or concerns regarding our community please contact me. I am in the office Monday – Friday 7:30 – 4:00 at 989-728-2811 or my cell at 989-984-7073 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fred Lewis – Supervisor