City website offers features for voters

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published October 28, 2015

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Voters who have their candidates of choice picked out for this upcoming Election Day are still encouraged to make sure they know where they can cast their ballots, according to Sterling Heights city officials.

Sterling Heights will run its general election — which will decide the future makeup of the Sterling Heights City Council — Nov. 3. Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

With the transition to the city’s new website this year, city officials are directing people on how to reach relevant voter information through city and state websites.

At an Oct. 20 City Council meeting, City Manager Vanderpool called the online information “easy to find.”

“Then you can input the necessary data that’s required to find out where your voting poll is,” he said.

For instance, people who don’t know which precinct they belong to may take the following steps on the city’s website to find out what they should do:

1. Hover the cursor over the “Government” tab on the left side of the toolbar, beneath the city’s logo.

2. Under the “City Administration” subheading, click on the “City Clerk” link.

3. In the navy blue, left-hand column, click on the “Election and Voting Information” link; then the “Voter Information Center” link should appear.

In an email, City Clerk Mark Carufel said the City Clerk’s webpage has had a link to the Michigan Voter Information Center for a number of years. But he said the state’s website has improved its resources that can help voters get the election information they need, whenever they need it.

“The information on the state’s website is valuable, as a voter can view a sample ballot, find out if they are registered to vote, find their voting location, track their absentee ballot and much more,” Carufel said.

“The information available to the voter (through) the state’s website helps the City Clerk’s Office in that voters can go directly to the state’s website 24/7.”

In addition to the online resources, the Clerk’s Office is continuing to answer election questions in person or by phone, he said.

Vanderpool reminded the public that the Tuesday, Nov. 3, election will bump the City Council’s first November meeting out of the typical Tuesday time slot. As a result, the meeting will instead be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at City Hall, 40555 Utica Road in Sterling Heights.

Learn more about Sterling Heights by visiting www.sterling-heights.net or by calling (586) 446-2489.

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