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Western Herald Voting Guide

Tuesday is Election Day in Kalamazoo and voters will be able to decide on seven city commissioners and two ballot proposals

City commission elections generally have a turnout of nine to 40 percent at precincts.

Virginia Vander Roest, Deputy City Clerk, does not anticipate more voters this election, despite the referendum of Ordinance 1856.

There may be a high turnout of new voters, though. This August, there were some 700 new voter registrations turned into the Clerk’s office. There are usually 100 registrations before city commission elections, Vander Roest said.

Who can vote?

Any voter registered in the city of Kalamazoo can vote Tuesday. So anyone who voted in last year’s presidential election can vote this November if they have not changed their registration address since.
Some students reside in Oshtemo Township and are not registered in the city, although their mailing address says Kalamazoo.
“It is good to double check where you are registered before you go to the polls,” Vander Roest said.
To find out if and where you are registered to vote, visit the Michigan Votes Web site: http://tr.im/DPmu

Where do you vote?

There are different precincts for students to vote on and around campus. Polling locations include the Bernhard Center, Arcadia School, Douglass Community Center, Mt. Zion Church, and the Carver Center.

To find out where your precinct is, look at the City of Kalamazoo’s street guide: http://tr.im/DPln

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What do you need?

Valid photo identification is required to vote.

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