Barry County prepares for March 3 election
Election Day is right around the corner for Barry County residents.
Township officials throughout the county are preparing for voters when they come to cast their ballots next Tuesday, March 10.
Any Michigan registered voter can participate in the presidential primary; no political party registration is required.
When voters get to their polling locations, they may see up to two items on their ballots. There will be two partisan ballots available -- both containing the 911 millage and either the Republican or Democrat Presidential Primary information. Voters also can receive a nonpartisan ballot with only the 911 request.
Citizens may register to vote up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If a resident isn’t registered, or needs to update their address, they may do so by appearing in person at their city or township clerk’s office and providing proof of residency.
All voters can visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at Michigan.gov/Vote to check their registration status, find out how to register and be able to vote on March 10, view the candidates and questions that will be on their ballot, get a map to their polling place and other helpful information.
Barry County Clerk Pam Palmer said residents people who are interested in voting via absentee ballot can do so by contacting their local township clerk.
“They need to go to their local clerk, not my office,” Palmer said.
She said voters can pick up absentee ballots up to the day of the election, “if they’re registered, they can get them right away. If not registered, need to present photo ID to pick up a ballot.”
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Anyone in line when the polls close at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Multiple Democratic nominees for president dropped out of the race: billionaire former hedge-fund executive Tom Steyer; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Palmer said those residents who have already voted by absentee ballot for a candidate that has since dropped out can recast their vote by mailing a request to spoil their ballot. Those requests must go to their local township clerk by 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7, after which they will be sent a new ballot.
Voters also can go into their township office where they can request to have their ballot spoiled in person up to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9, and re-cast their vote then.
Palmer said there is no remedy for the situation on Election Day, after both deadlines have past.
Voters will be asked to present photo ID at the polls, such as a Michigan driver’s license or identification card. Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it with them can still vote. If the voter does not have a photo ID, the voter may sign a brief affidavit attesting to their identity. Their ballots will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.
If a voter wishes to take a photo of their marked or unmarked ballot in the voting booth, they may do so, but images of a voted ballot may not be shared within 100 feet of a polling place. Any other type of photography within the area where people are voting is prohibited. Selfies are only allowed outside the polling place.
The following locations are the polling places where Barry County voters may cast their ballots. However, voters must cast their ballot in the township they reside:
Assyria Township - Precinct 1 - 8094 Tasker Road, Bellevue 49021
Baltimore Township - Precinct 1 - 3100 East Dowling Road, Hastings 49058
Barry Township - Precinct 1 - 155 E. Orchard St. Delton 49046
Carlton Township - Precinct 1 - 85 Welcome Road, Hastings 49058
Castleton Township - Precinct 1 - 915 Reed Street, PO Box 679, Nashville 49073
Hastings Charter TWP. - Precinct 1 - 885 River Road, Hastings 49058
Hope Township - Precinct 1 - 5463 S. M-43 Hwy., Hastings 49058
Irving Township - Precinct 1 - 3425 Wing Road, Hastings 49058
Johnstown Township - Precinct 1 - 13641 S. M-37, Battle Creek 49017
Maple Grove Township - Precinct 1 - 721 Durkee Street, Nashville 49073
Orangeville Township - Precinct 1 - 7350 Lindsey Rd., Plainwell 49080
Prairieville Township - Precinct 1 - 1015 S. Norris Road., Delton 49046
Rutland Township - Precinct 2 - 2461 Heath Road, Hastings 49058
Thornapple Township - Precinct 1 - 128 High Street, Middleville 49333
Thornapple Township - Precinct 2 - 200 E. Main Street, Middleville 49333
Thornapple Township - Precinct 3 - 100 East Main Street, Middleville 49333
Woodland Township - Precinct 1 - 156 S. Main P.O. Box 98, Woodland 48897
Yankee Springs Township - Precinct 1 - 284 N. Briggs Road, Middleville 49333
Yankee Springs Township - Precinct 2 - 1425 S. Payne Lake Road, Middleville 49333
City of Hastings, Ward 1, 2, 3, & 4 - Precinct 1 - Hastings Baptist Church, 309 East Woodlawn, Hastings 49058