Cascade Township Introduces Changes to Precincts and Polling Locations
Release date: 1/3/2018
Contact Name: Katelyn Crain
Contact Phone: Sabo PR, 248.881.9906
Cascade Township, Michigan, Jan. 3, 2018 – Cascade Charter Township has implemented several changes to precincts and polling locations that are designed to make it easier for residents to cast their ballots.
Cascade has grown by more than 2,000 people since the last census and now has more than 18,000 residents divided into eight precincts. However, state law requires no more than 2,999 voters per precinct and as a result, the Township must add two precincts to accommodate the growth.
In order to do this, two larger precincts were split into four smaller ones, resulting in complex and out-of- order precinct numbering. To prevent confusion, the clerk renumbered the 10 precincts in order of location. The new numbering provides an easy reference and understanding of precinct divisions.
To further accommodate this growth, five polling locations have been added, resulting in a total of 10 polling sites.
“In previous elections, we know residents have had to drive past polling locations to get to the one they’ve been assigned,” said Township Clerk Sue Slater. “We intentionally reassigned voters so they can cast their ballots at the closest and most convenient polling location. Residents will drive a much shorter distance to make sure their voice is heard.
“Our goal is to make the voting process easier and more convenient for our residents. While we recognize that change can be challenging, particularly if someone has been voting in the same location for years, we hope the overall impact will be a positive one.”
Every resident will be affected by one or more changes, beginning with the next election taking place in May 2018. Information unique to each voter can be found on his or her voter card, which will be sent in February via U.S. Mail.
Additionally, the Township is developing an interactive map that will be hosted on the Township website, which will allow residents to find more specific information, such as their polling location and precinct number. Currently, residents looking for more details, including the polling locations and a downloadable precinct map, can visit cascadetwp.com/Services-Departments/Clerk-s-Office/Election-Information.aspx.
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