Township only opening five polling places May 4

DAVISON TWP. — Clerk Mary Miller said approximately 5,000 absentee ballots have already been requested for the upcoming May 4 county special election.

Miller updated the board of trustees, March 8 on her efforts to prepare for the first election she will oversee since her election in November.

At the special election, voters will be asked to approve a 911 surcharge of $1.86 on all cellular, landline and voice over the Internet users in Genesee County to fund 911 emergency call answering and dispatch services.

Also, voters will be asked to approve a millage for Genesee County Health System for mental health crisis, stabilization and prevention. The millage is $0.94 per thousand dollars of taxable valuation (0.94 mills) for a period of ten years, beginning with the 2021 levy and extending through the 2030 levy.

The mental health millage is expected to generate $9,595,118 in its first year.

Miller said she expects the special election to be “quite an expense and a lot of man hours required.”

Due to the expected heavy absentee voter turnout, Miller said the township will only open five precincts for in person voting. Those precincts are Faith Baptist Church, Davison Missionary Church, Davison Assembly of God, World Outreach Center and the Davison Area Senior Center.

Miller said she and Deputy Clerk Matthew Smith are completing their clerk training through the state and all of the election volunteers are ready for election day.

“Our volunteers are on board,” said Miller. “We’re on top of this vote that’s coming up.”