Advance Notice: Briefs

You can still register in-person for special state House primary elections on March 1 

By: - February 16, 2022 7:57 am

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

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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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.