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Canton, Plymouth Township Report High Absentee Ballot Returns

One week ahead of primary, townships each report more than 70 percent of its ballots returned.

The Feb. 28 primary election still is one week away, but Canton Township and Plymouth Township both count most of their absentee ballots as returned.

According to the Canton Township clerk's office, 3,782 of the township's 5,042 issued ballots, or about 75 percent, have been completed and returned.

The office, located at 1150 S. Canton Center Road, also will be open  9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for last-minute voters to vote in-person.

Eric Bacyinski, Plymouth Township's deputy clerk, said about 70 percent of its absentee ballots have been returned. Of the 3,052 ballots issued, Bacyinski said 2,129 have been returned.

While Canton Township's ballot is limited to the presidential primary elections for party nominations, Plymouth Township also has a contentious local ballot issue that reaches beyond party lines.

A citizens group in Plymouth Township successfully collected petition signatures to put a special assessment question on the Feb. 28 ballot that would levy a millage to help sustain existing fire and EMS services.

The group has since come out against the language in the actual ballot question, however. As worded, township voters could authorize the Plymouth Township Board of Trustees to levy a millage of up to 10 mills for an indefinite period of time. The citizens group had requested one mill, but residents do not have the authority to set the rate. It estimated the cost of sustaining current fire and EMS services at 2.444 mills, factoring in legacy costs for retired firefighters.

Residents wanting to vote on the millage issue but not the Democratic or Republican primaries can request a nonpartisan absentee ballot.

The Plymouth Township clerk's office located at Plymouth Township Hall, 9955 N. Haggerty Road, is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and will be open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, the last day to request an absentee ballot application to be mailed. Voters still can request an absentee ballot, but must vote in-person, through 4 p.m. on Feb. 27.

Notes: An earlier version of this story mischaracterized who could set a millage rate in a special assessment district. Additionally, while Saturday is the deadline to have absentee ballots mailed, Plymouth Township will allow residents to vote absentee in-person through 4 p.m. Monday.

Bob Doroshewitz February 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM
John, a clarification. The Plymouth Township Board does NOT have the authority to set a rate under a SAD, that is governed by State law. The Board could set a budget from which the rate would be calculated and that budget could theoretically be unlimited. So, if a SAD was created that had a "1 mil" cap along with a 5 year sunset provision, that part of the SAD would have no legal effort and it could simply be ignored by future Boards.
Eric Bacyinski February 22, 2012 at 01:16 PM
A note of clarification: residents have until 2:00 P.M. on Saturday to request an absentee ballot be MAILED to them, however they can request, and must vote, an absentee ballot in person at the Clerk's office until 4:00 P.M. on Monday the 27th
John McKay (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Thanks for the clarifications. I will correct accordingly.

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