Precincts combined for May 2 election

FLINT TWP. — The Flint Township Election Commission has approved temporary precinct consolidations for the May 2, 2017 Special Election.

All voters in Genesee County are being asked to approve a proposed funding increase of up to $1.86 per month for the 9-1-1 emergency system, for a period ending December 31, 2021. The surcharge increase applies to landline, wireless and voice over the Internet protocols and would be used exclusively for emergency call answering and dispatch services including facilities, equipment, maintenance and operating costs, according to ballot language. The proposed increase of 62 cents would be an increase from the current surcharge of $1.24 per line.

There are no other proposals or issues on the May ballot for Flint Township voters. Because it is expected to be a smaller election, the precinct consolidation is being done as a cost-saving measure, said Clerk Kathy Funk, during her public report at the April Board of Trustees meeting. She also announced that as of April 3, 1572 absentee ballots had been issued and 916 of them returned, a 58 percent return rate. Absentee ballots will be accepted until 8 p.m. on election day.

Funk also shared some “exciting news.” The Genesee County Clerk has approved new election equipment – the Hart Verity system that is expected to be in place for the August 2018 gubernatorial primary election. More information about the system will be provided in the months to come, she said.

More insight into the acclaimed State of Michigan-approved system can be found online at

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