Deadline coming to register to vote in March 10 election

The 2020 election season is upon us.

Today, Wisconsin residents will vote on finalists for a state Supreme Court seat, along with some northern counties — including Florence — choosing the top Republican and Democratic candidates for the 7th District U.S. Congressional seat that Sean Duffy vacated in September due to family reasons.

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the presidential primary isn’t until March 10, still almost three weeks away. But if you want to vote in that contest — along with weighing in on numerous special millage issues in Dickinson County — and prefer to register by mail or online, it’ll need to be done by Monday. Yes, Monday.

Registration still can be done after that date up to March 10 but only in person with the local clerk.

To register to vote, applicants must be at least 18 years old by that election day, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register for at least 30 days by the election date.

Voters may register online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/, by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by going any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at www.Michigan.gov/elections.

Voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

What’s on the March 10 ballot? Depending on location in Dickinson County, the measures include:

— a 0.4 mill renewal, or 40 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value for renewing an Enhanced 911 system;

— a 0.5 mill renewal, or 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value over five years for road improvements in Dickinson County and the cities of Iron Mountain, Kingsford and Norway;

— renewal of the .42 mills, or 42 cents per $1,000, over four years for the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department, plus a new levy of .05 mill, or 5 cents per $1,000, for DIDHD operations;

— 0.1 mill, or 10 cents per $1,000, over five years for the Dickinson Conservation District;

— a levy of up to 3 mills, or $3 per $1,000 to create a sinking fund for school improvements in the Norway-Vulcan Area School District.

— 1 mill, or $1 per $1,000 of taxable property value, over four years for the road repairs in Felch Township;

— renewal of .50 mills, or 50 cents per $1,000, for five years in the townships of Breen, Felch and West Branch for ambulance and rescue services.

— in Breen Township, a levy of 1 mill, or $1 per $1,000 for roads, and a levy of 0.5 mills, or 50 cents per $1,000, for parks and recreation.

— a renewal of up to 2 mills, or $2 per $1,000, for road construction and repairs in Waucedah Township.

— a levy of 1 mill, or $1 per $1,000, for road improvements and repairs at the Norway Township Cemetery.

Not sure of your registration status? Go online to the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.Michigan.gov/vote, which also lists a sample ballot and polling places.

Residents also can find information on absentee voting, Michigan’s voter identification requirement, how to use voting equipment and how to contact their local clerk.

That site can be easily viewed on a smartphone as well.


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