Spring Arbor Township has two voting precincts with a total of 5,167 registered voters in the Township.
DO YOU NEED TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
To vote in an election, a resident must register. To become registered to vote, you can visit the township office or any Secretary of State branch office if you are 18 or older and are a legal citizen.
HOW DO I GET AN ABSENT VOTER (AV) BALLOT?
You may request an absentee (AV) ballot by calling the Township office (517-750-2800). An application will be mailed to you or you may stop by and pick it up. To qualify for an AV ballot, you must meet one of the following requirements:
• age 60 or older,
• out of the community for the entire day,
• physically unable to attend the polls,
• working as an election worker in a different precinct,
• cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion, or
• confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
HOW CAN I BECOME AN ELECTION WORKER?
There are applications for election workers available at the township office. You may stop by and pick up an application or call and one can be mailed to you. On the application, you must stipulate your party affiliation. This is a legal requirement.
Election workers are required to attend certification training to work in the polls. There is a county election training meeting which will certify the worker for a two-year period. In Spring Arbor Township, the Clerk holds a training session prior to each election.
On the day of the election, workers must arrive at the polls at 6:15 a.m. to set up the precincts and voting equipment in preparation for the opening of the polls at 7:00 a.m. It is not unusual to have voters standing in line before 7:00 a.m. waiting to vote. After the polls close at 8:00 p.m., the election workers tear down the voting equipment and pack up all of the supplies which must be returned to the Township office that evening. Election workers are paid an hourly rate of $10.00. It is a long day working an election, but many workers enjoy seeing the people in the community and saying hello to their neighbors. There is also a certain amount of pride in being part of working an election. If you are interested and have the time available, please request an application via e-mail or contact the Township office by phone.
HOW ARE THE PRECINCTS DETERMINED?
In 2012 districting changes have allowed us to consolidate our voting precincts from 4 sites to 2 sites. The voting precincts are:
Precinct 1 – voting at the Spring Arbor Senior Center – 122 Star Rd., Spring Arbor
Precinct 2 – voting at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church Family Center- 120 E. Main St., Spring Arbor
The new precinct lines cut the township in half east to west along the lines:
From the eastern Township border going west along Spring Arbor Road to Dearing Road, north to King Road, then west to the western border.
WHAT TYPES OF PICTURE IDENTIFICATION CAN VOTERS DISPLAY TO SATISFY THE REQUIREMENT?
Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. Voters who do not posses either document may show any of the following forms of picture identification as long as they are current:
Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.
Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
Military identification card with photo.
Student identification with photo – from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
Tribal identification card with photo.
If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 750-2800 ext 210 or 211.