Elections & Voting
November 2 Ballot Proposals
CITY CHARTER AMENDMENTS
The City of Charlevoix will have five proposals on the November 2, 2021 ballot for its citizens to decide upon. All proposals are changes to the City Charter: the actual change to the Charter language is shown along with the ballot question itself.
Proposal 1: Publishing Council Proceedings
Section 2.15g Council – Meetings – Minutes and Notices Thereof
The proceedings of the Council shall be published in a local newspaper of general circulation in the city within ten (10) days after each meeting of the Council. The publication of a synopsis of these proceedings, prepared by the City Clerk, showing the substance of each separate action of the Council, shall constitute compliance with the requirements of this provision.
Shall Article II Section 2.15g Council - Meetings - Minutes and Notices Thereof of the City Charter be amended to delete the entire paragraph and thereby remove the requirement to publish Council proceedings, showing the substance of each separate action of Council, in a newspaper of general circulation within ten days after each meeting of the Council?
Proposal 2: Council Oversight of Operations
Section 2.18 COUNCIL - OVERALL CONTROL OF MUNICIPAL OPERATIONS
In keeping with its authority to set and control the budget for the City and its various entities, the Council shall effect management by way of setting compensation and number of staff in the annual budget and directives it may give to the City Manager from time to time. When requested by Council, the City Manager shall promptly report to Council on such management affairs including but not limited to: the organizational structure of the government; job descriptions; employee benefits; and, employee compensation.
Shall Article II Section 2.18 Council - Overall Control of Municipal Operations - of the City Charter be amended to delete the requirement for the council to set guidelines for the management of the city while retaining its provisions directing the Council to provide for the management of the city by way of setting the compensation and number of staff in annual budget and other directives the Council may give to the City Manager and requiring the City Manager to promptly report to the Council, at the Council’s request, on management affairs?
Proposal 3: City Manager Appointment/Removal
Section 3.3 CITY MANAGER - APPOINTMENT
Upon a majority vote of the entire Council, the City Council shall appoint a City Manager solely on the basis professional merit and ability. The Council may enter into a contract with the City Manager in the customary manner for such positions. The Council may terminate this contract upon its expiration or with a vote of not less than 2/3 of the entire Council.
Shall Article III Sections 3.3 City Manager - Appointment and 3.4 City Manager -- Removal of the City Manager be combined and amended to provide for the appointment of a City Manager solely on the basis of professional merit and ability by majority vote of the entire Council, to provide that the Council may enter into a contract with the City Manager, and to provide that the Council may terminate the City Manager’s contract upon its expiration or with a vote of not less than 2/3 of the entire Council?
Proposal 4: Acting City Manager Term
Section 3.5 CITY MANAGER - FILLING VACANCY
Upon the occurrence of a vacancy in the office of City Manager, or upon his suspension or removal, the Council, while it is attempting to fill the office, may appoint an Acting City Manager for a period not to exceed one (1) year, during which the Acting City Manager shall serve at the will of the Council and may be immediately removed by majority vote of the entire Council.
Shall Article III Sections 3.5 City Manager - Filling Vacancy be amended, to increase the time an Acting City Manager may serve from six months to one year, to retain the ability of Council to appoint or remove an Acting City Manager by a majority vote of Council, and to eliminate references to Section 3.4 of the charter?
Proposal 5: Assessment Change Notice Delivery
SECTION 8.8 ASSESSMENT - NOTICE OF CHANGE TO OWNERS
Notices of changes in assessment shall be delivered to respective property owners. Such notice shall be delivered in the form and manner prescribed by the laws of this State. The failure of the property owner to receive notice shall not invalidate an assessment roll or an assessment on property.
Shall Article VIII Section 8.8 Assessment - Notice of Change to Owners of the City Charter be amended to provide that notice of changes in assessment shall be delivered to property owners in the form and manner prescribed by State law, and that the failure of property owners to receive notice shall not invalidate an assessment roll or an assessment on property?
The City Clerk administers all federal, state, and local elections for the City of Charlevoix. The Clerk’s Office also maintains the voter registration files of the City. A voter only needs to register once in the City, unless you move. The City is divided into three Wards which are each represented by two Council members. By law, a voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification Voter Identification Information.
How to Register
A person must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, a resident of both Michigan and the City for at least 30 days prior to the election in which they plan to vote. Voters may register at any time including on Election Day. Anyone registering within two weeks prior to the election, must register in person at their local Clerk’s office to be eligible to vote in that election. Online registration is now available. Otherwise, you can register at the Clerk’s Office, Secretary of State Branch offices, or by mail. New Michigan voters registering by mail are required to vote in person unless they are at least 60 years of age or are handicapped or are voting from overseas.
Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. You are automatically registered when you change your address at the Secretary of State office unless you specifically decline to do so.
Absentee Ballots are available approximately six weeks before the Election. View Sample Ballot.
Absentee Voters (AV)
Any registered voter can vote by Absentee Ballot. To obtain an Absentee Ballot, complete an Application for Absent Voter’s Ballot and return it to the Clerk’s Office by hand, mail or email. The State of Michigan requires a voter who is receiving a ballot in person at the Clerk’s Office to present a valid photo ID or sign an affidavit. Valid forms of ID are the same as required at the polls on Election Day. Please note that State law does not allow one person to pick up a ballot for another person. If an individual returns an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of another, that ballot will be mailed to the voter.
The Clerk’s Office will be open from 8am until 4pm on Saturday, October 30 to receive absentee ballot requests only. Completed ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day and can be mailed, hand delivered to the Clerk, placed in the drop box in front of City Hall or use the the green City drop box located in the parking lot behind the Cinema.
A Permanent Absentee Voter List is maintained for voters who would like to receive an Absentee Ballot application in the mail for every election. Complete the Permanent Absentee Voter List Form (PDF) and return it to the Clerk.
Become an Election Inspector
We are always in need of adults and interested high school students (16 years of age and older), who would like to participate in the election process. Election Inspectors must be registered voters in Michigan and are paid $12/hour with additional pay for Chairperson and Receiving Board positions. Election Day starts at 6 a.m. and usually finishes about 10 p.m. There are full and part-time opportunities available. In order to become a qualified Election Inspector, the Charlevoix County Clerk conducts training sessions in even years. Fill out the Election Inspector Application and return it to the City Clerk’s office. We will follow up with you when the next training session is scheduled. For more information see Election Inspector Program (PDF).