By Blake Froling
Ingham County Chronicle
INGHAM COUNTY – An important election is taking place May 5, and it could affect everyone’s wallets.
The most notable proposal on the ballot deals with increasing the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. The revenue would be used to fix some of Michigan’s dilapidated roads.
A key date to remember is April 6, the deadline to register to vote in this election. There are many places voters can go register, such as the secretary of state office, the city or county clerk’s office as well as local registration drives. Complete voting information is available online at the secretary of state website.
Although there are many opportunities to get registered to vote, some do not think young people vote as often as they should.
“It’s very disheartening,” said Pauline Tobias, an academic adviser at Michigan State University. “If they knew what other people are doing to get them this right, then they need to vote. But it is a shame that they don’t.”
However, some young people disagree with this notion.
“I would have definitely voted in the last election,” said Jared Kruger, a freshman at Michigan State University. “Some young people don’t vote but I feel we can make an impact on society.”
Young people are not the only ones not voting. In the 2012 presidential election, only 63 percent of registered voters in the state of Michigan cast their votes, the lowest percentage since 2000. In the 2014 gubernatorial election in Michigan, 41.6 percent voted. This total is the lowest since 1990.
For voters who cannot make it to the polls on election day, they can apply for an absent voter ballot. The request has to be sent to the local city clerk office and the voter must fulfill one of the requirements for absentee voting. These requirements and more information on absentee voting are available on the secretary of state website.
Secretary of state offices in Ingham County:
806 Hogsback Rd.
Mason, MI 48854
3315 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912
Ingham County clerk’s offices:
315 South Jefferson St.
Mason, MI 48854
Veterans Memorial Courthouse
313 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI 48933