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District lines are redrawn every ten years following completion of the United States census. In 2018 Michigan voters voted yes to State Proposal 18-2, which changed the redistricting process from the legislators drawing the lines to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Committee (MICRC). On January 26, 2022, the MICRC posted the adopted final plans. The final maps can be viewed here: https://www.michigan.gov/micrc/mapping-process/final-maps.
All registered voters in St. Joseph Charter Township will be receiving a new Voter ID Card indicating all changes. These cards will be mailed out as soon as the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections has completed the changes in the Qualified Voter File (QVF), and our Township elections staff has verified all changes.
We are required by law to mail voter cards out to all voters who are listed as active, verify, and challenged in the Qualified Voter File. (Reference: MCL 168.499(3))
This may mean that you will receive a Voter ID Card for someone that was at one time registered to vote at the address, but no longer resides at the said address. The most common reason this happens is because voters either: moved and did not change their address on their MI driver’s license, or they have moved out of state and did not inform the SOS or their local clerk.
While we understand this appears redundant in nature, please remember we are required by law. A Clerk, by law, is only authorized to cancel a voter’s registration under the following circumstances:
• The voter directs the cancellation of his or her registration record in a written, signed communication.
• The clerk receives or obtains information that the voter has died. Sources may include a QVF inbox notification; county clerk; death notices published in newspaper; or personal firsthand knowledge.
• The clerk receives notice that the voter has registered to vote in another jurisdiction through another election official or through a QVF inbox notification.
• The voter verifies his or her residency in a different jurisdiction for voting purposes on a confirmation notice sent to the voter on “reliable information” that the voter has moved to a different jurisdiction.
• The voter’s registration is challenged and it is revealed through questions directed to the voter in the polls on Election Day that he or she is not qualified to vote in the jurisdiction.
If no response is received, the voter does not participate in an election, and the voter does not engage in another voting or voter registration transaction by the second November General federal election following the notice, the voter’s registration is canceled without further notice. Until the time the registration is canceled by one of the means above, we are by law required to send any notice of voting location/district changes to all active, verify, and challenged voters.
Precinct #2 Location Change
Please note the polling location for Precinct #2 has permanently changed! Resident who vote at Precinct #2 will now note at:
St. Joseph Seventh Day Adventist Church
1201 Maiden Lane, St. Joseph, MI