LANSING, Mich. — Local elections are fast approaching in mid-Michigan. Fox 47 News has all the information you need to cast your ballot on Nov. 2.
How do I vote and what do I need?
For voters casting their ballots in person, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. If you haven’t already registered to vote, you can do so until 8 p.m. that day. To be eligible to vote in Michigan, you need to meet these requirements:
- A Michigan resident at the time you register and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days.
- A United States citizen
- At least 18 years old
- Not currently serving time in a jail or prison
To register to vote you need to present:
- Proof of where you live and the documentation must have your name and current address listed. Acceptable documents include a Michigan driver’s license, state ID card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check.
- For a full list of documents visit the Michigan Secretary of State’s webpage here.
If there are lines to vote in person, you can still vote past the 8 p.m. deadline as long as you are in line before the deadline. Absentee ballots need to be received by mail, drop box or via the city clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day.
What is on the ballot? We’re breaking it down by county.
Incumbent Andy Schor is running against current City Councilmember Kathie Dunbar for mayor of Lansing. Mayoral terms in Lansing are four years.
Check out Fox 47’s profiles of the candidates.
Watch Fox 47’s 2021 Lansing Mayoral Debate here.
Lansing City Council at-large
There are four candidates squaring off for the two at-large seats on Lansing’s City Council. If elected the winner would serve a four-year term.
- Jeffrey Brown
- Claretta Duckett-Freeman
- Peter Spadafore (incumbent)
- Rachel Willis
Check out Fox 47’s profiles of the candidates
Lansing City Council Ward 2
There are two candidates running to represent southeast Lansing.
- Jeremey A. Garza (incumbent)
- Oprah Revish
Lansing City Council Ward 4
There are two candidates running for one seat to represent northwest Lansing.
- Brian T. Jackson (incumbent)
- Elvin Caldwell
Lansing City Clerk
There are two candidates running to serve as Lansing city clerk. Larry James Hutchinson, Jr. who ran and lost in the primary race for Lansing mayor back in August is running as a write-in candidate against current City Clerk Chris Swope.
The city clerk is in charge of running elections, issuing certain business licenses and keeping city records. Their terms last for four years.
East Lansing City Council
There are five candidates vying for two spots on the East Lansing City Council. If elected, they would serve a four-year term.
- Dana Watson (incumbent)
- Daniel E. Bollman
- George Brookover
- Adam DeLay
- Chuck Grigsby
Additionally there are two candidates competing for a partial two-year term.
- Mikey Manuel
- Ron Bacon (incumbent)
Bacon was appointed to the council in 2020 after Mark Meadows left. Bacon is serving as a replacement until the next election.
Proposals on the ballot for Ingham County
City of Mason Park and Train Millage Proposal: This proposal would increase taxable property by $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value for five years. The funds would go towards parks, trailways, parkways and improvements.
Leslie Public Schools bonding proposal: This proposal would increase taxable property by $3.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. It would allow Leslie Public Schools to borrow $20 million to add more school buildings, improve security, buy and install new instructional technology and buy school buses.
Fowlerville Community Schools bonding proposal. This proposal would increase taxable property by $.90 cents on each $1,000 of taxable property. It would allow Fowlerville Community Schools to borrow $41.9 million to add more elementary school buildings, buy and install new instructional technology and improve playgrounds.
Perry Public Schools bonding proposal: This proposal would increase taxable property by $1.09 per $1,000 of taxable property. It would allow Perry Public Schools to borrow $9.8 million to remodel, furnish and equip school buildings, install instructional technology, purchase school buses, and make improvements to the livestock barn and athletic fields.
City of Jackson mayor
There are two candidates running for Jackson mayor. If elected the candidate would serve a two-year term.
- Daniel J. Mahoney
- John Wilson
Jackson City Council Ward 1
There are two candidates vying for the ward 1 seat, located in south central Jackson. Jackson city council members serve four-year terms.
- Dena Morgan
- Arlene Robinson (incumbent)
Jackson City Council Ward 3
There are two candidates running to represent Jackson’s 3rd ward.
- Caleb Blondke
- Angelita Gunn
Jackson City Council Ward 5
Karen Burnell is the only candidate running in the Ward 5 race.
Proposals on the ballot for Jackson County
Columbia School District Sinking Fund Millage Proposal: This proposal would gather $0.65 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation from taxes over the next ten years to create a sinking fund used for the construction of school buildings, security improvements and upgrading technology.
Marshall Public Schools Bonding Proposal: This proposal would allow Marshall Public Schools to borrow $45.58 million to create and furnish a new elementary school building, remodel existing buildings and acquire instructional technology. Additionally the money would go towards improving athletic fields, playgrounds and athletic facilities. It would charge $2.31 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
North Adams-Jerome Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal: This would renew an existing millage set to expire in 2021 for the next five years. This renewal will cost $18.22 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The money would go towards the school district so that the schools get their full revenue per pupil.
Waterloo Township Millage Increase Proposal: This proposal would increase taxes up to $.70 per $1,000 of taxable value for the next five years to provide police protection and public safety services within the township.
There are two candidates competing to serve as mayor. If elected the winner will serve for a two-year term.
- Michael Armitage (incumbent)
- Branden Dyer
Charlotte City Council At-Large
There are three candidates vying to serve on the city council. If elected the winner will serve a four-year term.
- Tina Curtis
- Anthony Thomas Rodriguez
- Zachary Story
Charlotte City Council district races
District 1 Candidates
- Ronald Smith
- Adrianne Van Langevelde
District 2 Candidates
- Ronald Horvath
There are two people running for Olivet mayor. If elected the winner will serve a two-year term.
- Laura Barlond-Maas (incumbent)
- Pamela Steward-Bess
Potterville City Council
There are five candidates for four seats on the City Council. If elected the winners will serve four-year terms.
- Briant Titus
- Paul E. Rogers (incumbent)
- Michael Potter (incumbent)
- Jennifer Lenneman (incumbent)
- Bruce Kring (incumbent)
Eaton County proposals
Proposed Repeal of Marijuana Prohibition, City of Potterville: This proposal would repeal the city’s prohibition of marijuana establishments and allow regulated operation of marijuana establishments.
Grand Ledge Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Proposal: This proposal would gather funds to continue the repair and construction of school buildings for the next three years. This would cost $0.79 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
Clinton County proposals
Bath Township proposal: This proposal would gather $0.67 cents per $1,000 of taxable value over the next 10 years to operate, maintain, construct and equip the Bath Township Public Library.
DeWitt Public Schools bonding proposal: This proposal would collect funds to refurnish, remodel and re-equip school buildings and install instructional technology. The money would also be used to improve the athletic fields, playgrounds and parking areas. This proposal would cost $0.52 per $1,000 of taxable value.
Fulton Schools proposal: This proposal would gather funds required for the school district per student. If passed the proposal would be in effect for the next five years and cost $17.93 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
Grand Ledge Public Schools sinking fund millage proposal: This proposal would allow Grand Ledge Public Schools to gather money for repairs, construction, and general upkeep of school buildings. It would cost $0.79 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.
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