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October 19, 2020
Last day to register to vote by mail or in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election.
October 20 through 8 p.m. November 3
In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency.
By 4 p.m. on October 23
Write-in candidates file Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election.
Up to 4 p.m. on November 2
Voters may submit written request in person to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive new ballot in the clerk’s office.
Up to 8 p.m. on November 3
Election Day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in the clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct.
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 3
Election Day polls open
By 9 a.m. on November 5
Boards of county canvassers meet to canvass November general election.
By November 17
Boards of county canvassers complete canvass of November general election; county clerks forward results to Secretary of State within 24 hours.
By November 23
Board of State Canvassers meet to canvass November general election.
A race between President Donald J. Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.
Donald J. Trump
Joseph R. Biden
Rocky De La Guente
Incumbent Sen. Gary Peters faces Republican John James.
Valerie L. Willis
Incumbent John Moolenaar is being challenged by Democrat Jerry Hilliard.
State Representative (102nd District)
Incumbent State Rep. Michele Hoitenga faces Democrat challenger Amanda Siggins
Mecosta County Commissioner 6th District
Mecosta County Commissioner Wedny Nystrom is facing newcomer Eric O'Neil.
Four townships in Mecosta County are seeking proposals on Nov. 3.
Fork Township Proposal
Fork Township is seeking a Rescue Truck Capital Improvement proposal. Shall Fork Township impose an increase of up to 0.5 mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for three years, 2020 through 2022 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for Rescue Capital Improvements-Rescue Vehicle, which 0.5-mill increase will raise an estimated $23,500 in the first year the millage is levied.
Morton Township Proposal
Morton Township is seeking a Youth and Family Center proposal. Shall the total limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in Morton Township, be increased by 0.25 mills ($0.25 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied by Morton Township for a period of five years as a new additional millage to provide funds for the operation of Youth and Family Center that provides educational, social and recreation services to Morton Township’s families. If approved, this millage would raised an estimated $73,455 each year, for a period of five years, beginning in 2021 and ending in 2025.
Wheatland Township Proposal
Wheatland Township is seeking a renewal of its Public Library millage. Shall the tax rate limitation for Wheatland Township be increased, and a tax levied on all taxable property, in the amount of 0.8 mill ($0.80 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the years, 2021-2024. This proposed millage would renew a previously authorized millage for Township Public Library purposes, in the amount of 0.8 mill. The purpose of this levy is to provide funds for operational expenses to allow the library to continue to offer its present services. It is estimated that a levy of 0.8 mill could provide revenue of approximately $35,965 in the first calendar year.
Wheatland Township Proposal
Wheatland Township is also seeking another Public Library millage renewal. Shall the tax rate limitation for Wheatland Township be increased, and a tax levied on all taxable property, in the amount of 0.4 mill ($0.40 per $1,000 of taxable value for the years 2021-2024. This proposed millage would renew a previously authorized millage for Township Public Library purposes, the amount of 0.4 mill. The purpose of this levy is to provide funds for operational expenses to allow the library to continue to offer its present services. It is estimated that a levy of 0.4 mill could provide revenue of approximately $17,983 in the first calendar year.
Village of Barryton Proposal
A proposal listed on the ballot asks residents if the village of Barryton should be disincorporated.
Village of Barryton proposal
The village of Barryton is seeking a Public Library millage renewal. Shall the previously authorized millage of the Barryton Public Library District be renewed at a rate of 0.992 of one mill for a period of four years ($0.992 per $1,000 of taxable value for years 2021 through 2024 inclusive) for all district library operations and purposes authorized by law. If levied at its maximum this millage is estimated to provide revenues of $110,000 in its first year. A home valued at $75,000 ($37,500 taxable value) would pay $37.20 per year.