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Reiter withdraws from election.

Craig Reiter announced that he will no longer pursue a write in campaign for the Schoolcraft County District #1 Commissioner seat. In a Facebook posting, he noted; “In short, I would like to thank the people of Schoolcraft County and District 1 for allowing me to be their commissioner and putting their trust in me. I have enjoyed working for them and the county.
I would like to at this time ask that District 1 support Alan Kilar as their next commissioner and vote for him in November, I will be.” Craig A Reiter, County Commissioner District 1

Thanks Craig for your support.

New Ideas for a New Era

I am seeking the position of Schoolcraft County Commissioner District 1 because, I feel that I have the experience and ability to provide the new fresh leadership that will be needed in the coming years. The effects of the Covid19 virus coupled with ongoing fiscal difficulties will present our county, townships, businesses and citizens with new challenges. My past public and occupational experiences will allow me to work with both county government and citizens to take on those challenges with a strong voice.

Please click on the “blog” link above to learn more about “New Ideas for a New Era” and about current issues that will affect our county.

 Haven’t registered to Vote? Online voter registration open for two more weeks

NSING, Mich. (WJMN) – Michiganders have through July 20 to register to vote online for the Aug. 4 state primary elections. Once registered at Michigan.gov/Vote, they can also request online that their ballot is mailed to them, as more than 1.5 million other voters have already done.

Voters who already have their ballots are encouraged as soon as possible to complete them, sign the back of the envelope, and return them by mail or in person at their local election clerk office or a ballot dropbox. Voters can only vote for one party in the Aug. 4 state primary elections. Ballot return envelopes must be signed by the voter to be counted.

Now and through Election Day, Michiganders can also register and vote in person at their local clerk office. Voters who are already registered can vote in person at their clerk office now and through the day before the election. On Election Day, already registered voters must vote at their local polling place. Clerk and polling place information is available at Michigan.gov/Vote.

“Our team has worked hard this past year, in close partnership with our local clerks, preparing for the August and November elections,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Voters should feel confident that however they choose to cast their ballot they can do so safely, and their voices will be heard and their vote will be counted.”

Absent voter ballot numbers continue to climb, with more than 1.4 million ballots issued and nearly double the number of ballots returned compared to the same time in 2016.

The Alliance for Schoolcraft County

The Alliance for Schoolcraft County is a group of involved citizens representing a broad cross section of the population.  We care deeply about the future of where we live and work, and how we share our community.  The Alliance desires competent leaders in local government who will put community interests ahead of their own.  We support leaders who will collaborate with all parties; leaders who will listen, seek information, and make ethical decisions; leaders with integrity, transparency, accountability, and who exhibit proper governance and oversight for the long term success of Schoolcraft County.

During The August 4th Primary, Join Us In Endorsing

ALAN KILAR – DISTRICT 1

For County Commissioner

As campaigning continues through the November general election, The Alliance for Schoolcraft County will consider endorsing local candidates and/or incumbents who adhere to the principles of transparency, accountability, integrity and proper government oversight.

Paid for by The Alliance for Schoolcraft County

Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

Register to vote. Just click HERE

WHY VOTE

1.  Elections have consequences.

You have the power to decide on the quality of life you want for yourself and future generations. Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you care about like public transportation, raising minimum wage, or funding local schools. This is your life: take the time to help decide what’s best.

 2. Not voting is giving up your voice.

Elections are decided by the people who go out and vote. Take some time and learn about the measures and the candidates. If you don’t vote, someone else will make the decision for you. Your power is in your vote.

3. It’s your money.

You pay taxes, but do you know how that money is being used? Most people don’t. Voting is your chance to choose how your tax dollars are spent – such as funding for health care and social services.

 4. Voting is an opportunity for change.

Do you want to make a positive impact? Voting gives you that chance! Support the candidates and ballot measures that can help your community, state, and even the nation for the greater good. Make your voice heard in these elections.

 5. The community depends on you!

Our communities are made up of friends, loved ones, neighbors, and children. Some may not know how important voting is, while others don’t have the privilege. Make the decision to vote for yourself and those around you.

Make sure your voice is heard – vote!

Absent voter applications now can be submitted on line.

Voters can now submit their absent voter ballot applications online, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday, which drew questions from her predecessor as to if the move was possible under current Michigan law.

Registered voters must have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID in order to request an absentee ballot online, and must submit the same information as required when registering to vote digitally including a driver’s license number and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

The platform is already live (Michigan.gov/vote), Vote found by clicking the “apply for an Absent Voter Ballot Online” on the state’s website.

“The more choices a person has when it comes to exercising their right to vote, the better they are able to make the choice that works best for them” Ms. Benson said in a statement Friday. “This tool provides another digital option for voters to safely and conveniently apply to receive their absentee ballot, while also offering clerks an easy, cost efficient way of processing the application securely.”

Following the application’s completion, voters can use the tool to send the handwritten signature they provided for their driver’s license or state ID card, along with the completed application, to their local clerk through the state’s Qualified Voter File software.

Clerks will be alerted of the request and be able to see the application and signature. After verification, local clerks are then able to mail the ballot to the voter within the appropriate timeframe for the election that been requested to vote in absentee.

Ballots, however, must be cast as usual – by mailing back paper ballots to their clerk’s office, depositing them in a drop box or casting a ballot in person with the clerk on election day by 8 p.m.

Do not forget; VOTE BY MAIL – All registered voters have the right to vote by mail. Vote by mail applications have been mailed to all Michigan registered voters. If you did not get an application visit https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/

Michigan Assures Voting By Mail Won’t Be Riddled With Fraud 

Many of Schoolcraft residents are concerned about voting by mail. Here are a few points to remember:

  • All registered voters now have the opportunity to vote by mail.
  • All registered voters were sent an application for an absentee ballot.
  • If you did not  receive a application you can call your township clerk or go online to Mi Av applications
  • Absentee ballots made up 99 percent of the votes from Michigan’s May election and there were zero reports of fraud.
  • Objections to mail-in voting are often rooted in the idea that applications mailed to the wrong address can be filled out by anyone. That’s not true
  • Absentee ballot applications require a signature that is matched against the signature in a person’s voter file.
  • Absentee ballot applications are a helpful tool in cleaning up outdated voter rolls.
  • Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel noted, “I think the request form is one mechanism of ensuring that that owner is who they are, as long as you keep those signature verification laws in place.”
  • Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said, “There is little evidence of election fraud in Michigan, but “in the rare times it does occur, we catch it and we prosecute it.”
  • You still have the opportunity to vote in person at your local polling place.
Summer residents, welcome back and don’t forget to visit “The Grind” coffee shop. “The Grind” is a cooperative venture between Limestone Federal Credit Union and Manistique Area Schools. Alan Kilar