Clerk gives an update on March 10 election

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Clerk Kathy Funk reported to the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 21 meeting that voting precincts 6 and 11 have been moved to the New Creation Church of God, 3472 Lennon Rd., and she thanked the Veterans of Foreign Wars post on Corunna Road for its eight years of serving as a voting precinct. The VFW building was recently closed, and its contents auctioned.

Funk said new voter registration cards sent out to approximately 4,000 voters Jan. 17 in the affected precincts.

Overall for the township, the clerk said 5,000 absentee ballot applications were mailed to residents Jan. 10 and as of Jan. 21, 1,700 applications had been received back.

“We are ahead of the 2016 presidential primary in terms of absentee ballots,” said Funk, noting that total in 2016 the township received 1,610 absentee ballots. “I figured it would go up because now there’s no reason not to get an absentee ballot.”

Michigan law now allows anyone to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, no reason has to be given.