Polls open for light spring Election Day in Upper Michigan

UPPER MICHIGAN, Mich. (WLUC) - Tuesday residents across the Upper Peninsula will be casting their ballots for the May election, although there are not many communities with proposals on the ballot.

Some of the biggest election results to be aware of include a Sinking Fund Millage for Gwinn Area Community Schools. This fund is specifically spent only on repairs, replacements, and upgrades for infrastructure, as well as technology and other items in the district. If approved, the proposed millage increase would include 1.75 mills for 10 years.

Voters in Delta County will also be voting on two millage renewals. Voters will be deciding on a renewal for the Delta County Central Dispatch millage (9-1-1 millage), as well as raising and renewing the Road Patrol millage.

The 9-1-1 millage is currently at up to 0.75 mills, and the road patrol millage is at 0.9 mills, but officials are hoping to have it raised to 1.3 mills.

Residents in L’Anse Township will be casting their votes on the future of wind turbine zoning, despite the fact that Renewable Energy Systems have cancelled their plans for them in April.

For the first time in Michigan, voters will be able to register to vote the day of Tuesday’s election, thanks to proposal 3 in November 2018’s election. To register, simply bring a proof of residency to your local clerk’s office.

Michigan residents will also be automatically be registered to vote when interacting with the state regarding driver’s license or state ID card, unless the person declines.

Voters also had the opportunity to use a no-excuse absentee ballot during the 40 days before an election.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time Tuesday, May 7.

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