New local precincts, polling locations established

By: Joshua Gordon | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 20, 2017

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — When Macomb Township voters take to the polls next August, they may have a new polling location. The township has added two new voting precincts and polling locations to accommodate the growing population.

The Macomb Township Board of Trustees approved the creation of the the 36th and 37th precincts during the Dec. 6 board meeting, effectively splitting the 16th and 24th precincts because they were reaching the maximum number of registered voters allowed at one precinct.

The maximum number of voters allowed for one precinct is 2,999, Clerk Kristi Pozzi said. And according to the Macomb Township Election Commission’s Nov. 14 meeting agenda, the 16th precinct at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church currently has 2,927 voters, and the 24th at Bethel Church has 2,481.

The two new precincts, which will be in the northern portion of the township along 26 Mile, also helps the 9th precinct, which has 2,555 registered voters.

Two new polling locations will be created in the Macomb Township Recreation Center, 20699 Macomb St., and Ascension Lutheran Church, 23401 23 Mile Road. Voters in the 9th and 36th precincts will vote at the Recreation Center, and voters in the 24th precinct will now vote at Ascension Church.

The new 37th precinct will send voters to Bethel Church, 51850 North Ave. The 16th precinct will remain at St. Peter’s Church.

“Both locations agreed to provide sufficient space to accommodate additional precincts, and for that I am grateful,” Pozzi said.

In order to establish the new precincts, it had to be approved by the Election Commission, as well as the Board of Trustees. The additions change the boundaries for the 9th, 16th and 24th precincts, and new voting identification cards and information will be sent out by the township to voters affected by the changes.

Pozzi said she feels the changes are being done early enough to educate the residents on new precincts, polling locations or other questions they may have leading up to the next election in August.

Pozzi said the addition of two new precincts means bringing on new volunteers. Typically, each polling location has between five and seven volunteers, so Pozzi said she will be looking to add 14 volunteers for each election.

Supervisor Janet Dunn said she sees the changes as a sign of the continued growth in the community.

“Of course,” Dunn said about the growth. “By law, we have to divide the polling places, so that is what will be done.”

The Board of Trustees approved purchasing a new voting system in August that will speed up the voting process. The township received a $226,226 grant from the Help America Vote Act and used $129,451.33 of budgeted township funds to pay for the new system.

The new system was mandated by the Michigan Bureau of Elections, and the township’s election staff worked with Macomb County on selecting the Election Systems & Software equipment. The new equipment includes tabulators, storage boxes, a wireless modem and a workstation.