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By DeAnna Sanders
The Holt Journal

Amy D. Finch CMC, Delhi Charter Township Assistant Clerk

The May election is less than three months away, but you have less than two months to register, according to Delhi Charter Township Assistant Clerk Amy D. Finch.

“The deadline to register to vote for the May election is April 6,” F inch said. “The actual day to vote is May 5.”

Armon Sims, a Lansing Community College student from Detroit, has never voted and wondered how to register. “My vote isn’t important, said Sims.” “Besides I don’t even know where to vote at or how to register.”

“It’s important to vote in every election, not just the May election, Finch said. “Just to get your voice heard to have your voice count.”

“A person who has not voted should go to their city, township or village clerk or they can do it at any Secretary Of State office. Their voter registration card would say their precinct and where they would vote at or you may vote absentee. The state has a website you can put in your name, birth date and ZIP code and it will tell you if you’re registered and where to vote.”

Visiting his home in Holt, Ferris State student, Idris Robleh wanted to know how to receive an absentee ballot and if he qualified.

“I feel that the tax increase on the roads should not occur even if it’s not much and other states are worse, there is some money out there that could be used instead,” Robleh said. “I want my opinion heard and I’m not sure if it can since I’m away at school. “

It’s not too late to apply for an absentee ballot, according to Delhi Township Clerk Evan Hope the last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is the Saturday before the election at 2 p.m.

“You can contact your local clerk for an absentee ballot application, go to your clerk’s office in person or get an application online. You can mail your application and have your ballot mailed to you or go in person to your clerk’s office,” Hope said. “Ballots are not available until 45 days before the election at the latest.

You can vote absentee for the following six reasons: 

  1. You are 60 years or older.
  2. If you expect to be absent from your community on Election Day.
  3. If you’re appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct  different than where you vote.
  4. If you are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  5. If you are unable to attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion.
  6. If you are confined to jail and awaiting trial.”

Hope continued, “Absentee ballots are kept sealed and not counted until Election Day.”

With the election approaching, make sure you’re registered and informed about the state proposal and sales tax increase.

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