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To cast a ballot in the presidential primary, people must vote a straight party ticket unless they choose to vote only on the county's millage renewal proposition.

Rebecca Pierce



The ballots for the March 10 presidential primary election arrived at the Barry County Clerk’s office Tuesday.

Any county resident can walk into a polling place on March 10, the day of the primary, and cast his or her ballot - even if they haven’t registered to vote prior to that day, Clerk Pamela Palmer said.

If residents want to vote strictly on the county’s 911 millage renewal, they can request a ballot just for that.

The 911 millage renewal request is for 0.9672 mill ($.9672 on each $1,000 of taxable value) upon all taxable real and personal property in the county for five years, 2020 through 2024.

The levy would provide $2.17 million in revenue, with $2.13  million disbursed by the county to the Central Dispatch Authority and $36,910 disbursed to the Hastings DDA and LFDA and the village of Middleville DDA.

The $36,910 is levied a predefined area of the city of Hastings and the village of Middleville. The estimate is that county property with a taxable value of $50,000 would be assessed $48.36 in the first calendar year of the levy.

If people want to vote in the presidential candidate, they will need to pick a party.

Some people who are diehard Republicans may opt for the Democratic ballot so they can try to choose the candidate their choice would face in the November election, Palmer said, adding, “That has been known to happen.”

The partisan ballot for the primary shows a total of 19 candidates: 15 Democrats (Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg and Cory Booker) and four Republicans (Mark Sanford, Donald J. Trump, Joe Walsh, and Bill Weld).





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