Susan J. Demas
While the mail-in registration deadline has passed, eligible citizens in four districts across Michigan that are holding special elections March 1 can still register to cast ballots in those elections.
The special election primaries are being held in four Michigan House districts; the 15th in Wayne County, 36th in Macomb County, the 43rd in Oakland County and the 74th in Kent County.
Voters wishing to obtain additional information, including a sample ballot and the location of their clerk’s office and polling place, can do online at Michigan.gov/Vote.
Residents in the districts still wishing to vote will now have to register in person at their city or township clerk’s office through Election Day. They also have the option to apply for and return an absent voter ballot at their respective clerk’s office.
The seat in the 15th District was vacated by state Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn) after he was elected mayor of Dearborn in November, while the 36th District seat became available when Rep. Douglas Wozniak (R-Shelby Twp.) was elected to the Michigan Senate in a special election, also in November. The 43rd District seat became vacant following the death of Rep. Andrea Schroeder (R-Independence Twp.) from stomach cancer in October. Finally, the 74th District seat opened up when Rep. Mark Huizenga (R-Walker) was elected to the state Senate in a special election in November.
The winners of the March 1 special election primary will then compete to fill partial terms for the vacated seats in a May 3 special general election and will serve until Dec. 31, 2022.
Although new district boundaries have been drawn up by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, those won’t go into effect for the special elections. The winners of the May 3 special election will represent districts based on the maps drawn up after the 2010 census.
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