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Voter registration deadline nears

Matt DeYoung • Oct 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

If you plan to vote in the Nov. 6 election, you must be registered as a voter in the state of Michigan.

If you’re not already registered, the last day to do so is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

To register, or to find out if you’re already registered, visit https://iwillvote.com/.

The November election features several important issues for local voters.

First, there are three statewide proposals that will appear on the ballot. They are:

Proposal 18-1: A proposed law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are age 21 and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.

Proposal 18-2: A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.

Proposal 18-3: A proposal to authorize automatic and election day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight-ticket voting, and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the state Constitution.

Ottawa County voters will also be asked to vote on a Tax Limitation Proposal and a proposed Regional Enhancement Millage for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Spring Lake Public Schools’ Operating Millage Renewal and Operating Millage (“Headlee Override”) proposals will also be on the ballot in that school district.

Local voters will also have several candidates to consider. Among them:

Governor: Bill Schuette (R), Gretchen Whitmer (D), Bill Gelineau (Libertarian), Todd Schleiger (U.S. Taxpayers), Jennifer V. Kurland (Green) and Keith Butkovich (Natural Law)

U.S. Senator: John James (R) and Debbie Stabenow (D, incumbent)

Congress 2nd District: Rob Davidson (D) and Bill Huizenga (R, incumbent)

State Senator, 30th District: Jeanette Schipper (D) and Roger Victory  (R)

State Representative 89th District: Jim Lilly (R, incumbent) and Jerry Sias (D)

Spring Lake Village President: Incumbent Mark Powers is unchallenged.

Spring Lake Village Council Members (3 positions): Incumbents Scott VanStrate, Michelle Hanks and Mark W. Miller

Grand Haven school board member (2 positions): Incumbents Christine Baker and Chris Streng; and challengers Amy Masko, Stephen Rockman and Kevin Moore

Fruitport school board member (3 positions): C. Jill Brott, David L. Hazekamp and Steve Kelly

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