Deadlines approaching for 2018 elections

MANISTEE COUNTY — For those who exercise their right to vote, 2018 will provide plenty opportunity to be part of the democratic process.

With elections in May, August and November, the Manistee County Clerk’s Office is reminding voters and candidates, alike, of what to expect in the election year.

Voters in two local school districts and one Manistee County township will have reason to head to the polls on May 8.

“In May, we’ll have two school districts’ elections and a recall in Arcadia Township,” said Manistee County Clerk Jill Nowak.

Onekama Consolidated Schools and Bear Lake Schools are each proposing operating millage renewals while Arcadia Township will hold a recall election for a pair of trustees on its board.

The school districts’ proposals are simply renewals of current millages, previously passed by voters, that expire in 2018. The 19.1718 mills requested by Onekama and 19.4844 by Bear Lake are for the next four years (2019 to 2022) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in each district.

These renewals do not impact homestead residence property taxes, or a homeowner’s primary residence.

In Arcadia, a recall election will be held for board trustees Gregory Wisner and Michael Cederholm. Township voters filed language for the recalls on Dec. 26, which was approved by the local election commission during a clarity hearing on Jan. 5.

Petitions for the recalls were recently submitted and the Manistee County Clerk’s Office is currently in the process of finalizing details of the recall elections.

While the dog days of summer seem a lifetime away, deadlines to file for candidacy in the Aug. 7 primary election are fast approaching.

Those looking to run for a seat on the Manistee County Board of Commissioners must file at the clerk’s office (415 Third St. in Manistee) by 4 p.m. on April 24. Those filing must provide an affidavit of identity; nominating petitions (city/township partisan) with a minimum of three signatures to a maximum of 10 (a $100 filing fee may be paid by the candidate in lieu of petitions); and a statement of organization if one hasn’t been filed previously or changes need to be made.

“County commissioners’ terms are up at the end of the year, but it’s a partisan office so candidates have to go through both August and November elections,” Nowak said.

Although most township offices don’t expire until 2020, there will be some on the ballot due to midterm appointments.

“If someone was appointed midterm, they’ll have to run in August and November to finish that term (expiring in 2020),” Nowak said.

Applicable candidates for township offices must file at the clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on April 24, providing an affidavit of identity; nominating petitions (city/township partisan) with a minimum of three signatures to a maximum of 10; and a statement of organization if one hasn’t been filed previously or changes need to be made.

Non-incumbent candidates for the upcoming probate court judicial race in the August primary and November general elections must file at the clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on March 26. In addition to providing a nonpartisan nominating petition (40 to 100 signatures), non-incumbent candidates are required to file an affidavit of identity (two originals) and an affidavit of constitutional qualification (one original).

Those filing for precinct delegate positions may do so by one of three ways: at the county clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on May 8 with a precinct delegate affidavit of identity; with their respective township clerk by 4 p.m. on Aug. 3 with a precinct delegate write-in candidate declaration of intent; or in one’s precinct on primary election day (Aug. 7) before the close of the polls with a precinct delegate write-in candidate declaration of intent.

The last day to register to vote in the August primary is July 9. The last day to register for the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 9.

 

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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