Understanding Your Ballot Before Heading to the Election Polls

Michigan’s primary is quickly approaching and we’re taking a look at some of what will be on the ballot so you can head to the polls ready to make a decision.

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We break down what you need to know before heading to the polls.

“We get a lot of things in the mail here that we then have to forward to the township clerks,” said Deborah Hill, the Kalkaska County Clerk.

Hill says voters should check with their township or city clerk if you have a voting question.

She also says it’s important for voters to know what everything on the ballot means like bonds and millages.

“A millage renewal is just a levy against our property taxes where a bond is an actual debt that the municipality or whoever gets that bond debt and they have to pay that back with interest and it’s levied again through your taxes,” said Hill.

Bonds have interest where millages do not.

“The millage is, you’re just collecting that debt over a period of years from the tax payer’s money so there’s not really any interest involved in terms of what the county’s paying.

You also might see language that could read, for example, .5 mills.

That number is a tax rate that determines how much voters will pay if that millage.

“In the verbiage right on your ballot, it’s going to tell you what you’re going to be paying in approximate amount per household,” said Hill.

The amount you pay is determined by the taxable value of your property.

The clerk also reminds voters to make sure when you look at your proposal ballots, you flip them over to make sure you’re voting on everything on the ballot.

“You can review your ballot right on the state’s website. If you want to know what your ballot’s going to be in your township, you can go right on and do that,” said Hill.