FLINT TWP. — The deadline to register to vote in the August 7 Gubernatorial Primary Election is Monday, July 9, said Clerk Kathy Funk.
Voters will select candidates for the next Michigan governor. Nine candidates including Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians are listed on the ballot. For a list of candidates, visit: vote.michigan.gov
Township Clerk Kathy Funk has posted voting information the township website at www.flinttownship.org including instructions for absentee voting. Township residents who need to register to vote can visit the clerk’s Elections Department from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Voters unable to come to the polls can apply for an absentee ballot during those hours and also from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. o Saturday, August 4, Funk said.
So far, her office has mailed out 2,229 absentee voting applications and had 1171 returned, she said.
“We’re in full election mode,” said Funk.
She also asked the board and received permission to close township offices on August 7 and November 6 – the days of the primary and general election. The closure is contingent on reaching agreement with the AFSCME 1918-01 Clerical Union, Funk plans to meet with them on June 25.
Shutting the administration office on election day will free up township clerical staff to work as election inspectors, Funk said. Due to retirements, illness and other reasons, the township’s election crew is dwindling and the extra help is needed. Fourteen of 16 staff members have volunteered to work the election, she said. They will be certified as election inspectors.
Funk also noted that a heavy voter turnout – on the scale of presidential elections – is expected in November. Working the August primary election will provide an opportunity for new election workers to “get their feet wet” and familiarize themselves with the election process.
“We need all hands on deck,” Funk said, noting that election day work begins at 6 a.m. and ends when the job is done.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ballots are tabulated after the polls close.
Funk also noted ballot changes to watch for requiring voters to vote for every position rather than for one party.
“You want to vote down the columns,” she instructed. Crossing over the partisan section will void the ballot, she said. She also noted that Libertarian candidates have been added to the ballot.