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There are only eight states in the nation that administer elections at the local level. Michigan’s election system, involving 83 county clerks, 277 city clerks, 1,242 township clerks, and 93 village clerks, is administered by 1,699 county and local election officials makes it the most decentralized elections system in the nation. Election processes at the local government level are determined through an intersecting of the city or village charter (or general law village act ) and state election law.

This section is designed to provide a thumbnail sketch of the election process. The experts in the field are at the Secretary of State, in the Michigan Bureau of Elections (517-373-2540). 

State statutes
Michigan Election Law
Home Rule City Act
Home Rule Village Act 

Secretary of State Guidelines
Structure of Michigan’s Elections System
Candidate Filings and Financial Disclosure Requirements Recall
Citizens Redistricting Commission (information on 2018 ballot proposal)
Absentee Voting (information on 2018 ballot proposal)

League Publications
Headlee Override One Pager Plus Fact Sheet

Sample Ballot Proposals and Supplemental Information
Bay City, Street Construction Repair Ballot Proposal (HRC) – Pop. 34,932

Charlotte, Headlee Override Ballot Proposal (HRC) – Pop. 9,074

Lansing, Millage Increase Ballot Proposal (HRC) – Pop. 114,297

Norton Shores, Street Millage Ballot Proposal Explanation to Citizens (HRC) – Pop. 23,994

Romulus, Millage Proposal at a Glance
(HRC) – Pop. 23,989
    Millage Proposal Frequently Asked Questions

Wyoming, Public Safety Millage Ballot Proposal (HRC) – Pop. 72,125
     Millage Proposal Frequently Asked Questions








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