Nov. 5 election approaching fast

ESCANABA – Though still one month away, Monday’s voter registration deadline is a reminder the Nov. 5 election is just around the corner.

This year’s election in Delta County includes a county-wide Bay de Noc Community College charter millage renewal proposal, a millage increase proposal for Fairbanks Township, and several races for open positions to Escanaba City Council and Gladstone City Commission.

Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich reminds voters to have their state-issued photo identification handy when heading to the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include: a driver’s license, state or tribal ID, or passport; voters who do not have the necessary identification with them may sign an affidavit saying so prior to voting.

As always, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“It’s a pretty straightforward election, though 10 of our townships will now be using electronic pollbooks for the first time this election,” said Kolich.

Though two townships and both the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone have already been using electronic pollbooks during elections, election workers and inspectors new to the pollbooks will be trained on the equipment later this month.

“If the voter has their driver’s license, the electronic pollbook will allow them to swipe their driver’s license and pull up their voter information,” said Kolich, who noted the only information that appears on screen is the voter’s name, address and driver’s license number.

The electronic pollbooks help to speed up paperwork at the end of the evening, making the process much easier.

The only county-wide proposal on the ballot is a Bay de Noc Community College charter millage renewal proposition.

Voters will decide whether to renew the charter tax rate limitation of 1 mill ($1 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for 20 years, from 2015 to 2034 inclusive, for use on capital improvements and for paying the principal and interest on outstanding bonded indebtedness of the community college district. If approved, the millage renewal is anticipated to generate approximately $1 million in revenues for the community college district in its first year of levy in 2015.

In addition, voters in the city of Escanaba will elect three of the following candidates to a four-year term on Escanaba City Council: Patricia Baribeau, Leo Evans, James Hellermann, Robert E. LaFave, and Marc D. Tall. Ralph B. Blasier is the lone candidate running for a partial term to council, set to expire Nov. 3, 2015.

In Gladstone, voters will select three of the following candidates to a four-year term on the Gladstone City Commission: Jay Bostwick, Jessica Ebner, Joseph L. Maki, Hugo D. Mattonen, Rick Micheau, and Steven Viau.

In the running to fill an open city commission position for a partial term, set to expire Nov. 3, 2015, are: Jeff Diebolt, Dave Nemacheck, Steve O’Driscoll, and Vicki Viau.

The three candidates for Gladstone’s mayoral advisory are Matthew Gay, Joseph L. Maki, and Hugo D. Mattonen.

Voters in Fairbanks Township will decide whether to approve a millage increase proposal of .65 mills (.65 per $1,000 taxable value) on general ad valorem taxes from 2014 to 2017, inclusive, for improvement to roads within the township. If approved, the increase is expected to generate approximately $12,000 in its first year of levy.

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