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Office of the Clerk

Welcome

Welcome to the office of the Gaines Charter Township Clerk.  The Clerk's Office oversees:

  • All aspects of the Township Accounting System ~ including payroll and overseeing audits
  • All Township Cemeteries
  • All elements of every election
  • Freedom of Information Act Coordination
If you are not able to find the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact the Clerk's office; our staff will be happy to help you.  Staff names, titles, and contact information is listed below for your convenience.

 

Staff

Crystal Osterink
   Township Clerk/ Board Member
616-698-7980
E-mail: crystal.osterink@gainestownship.org 

Carole Weaver
   Deputy Clerk
616-698-6640 Ext. 132
E-mail: carole.weaver@gainestownship.org

Robin Haaksma
   Payroll Clerk
616-698-6640 Ext. 121
E-mail:robin.haaksma@gainestownship.org

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Voter and Election Information

An election is the selection by vote of a person or persons from among candidates for a position, the act of choosing.  It is more important than ever to get out and vote.  Many people think that their single vote won't make a difference.  There have been many elections - not just local - that have been decided by less than 100 votes.  Here are some "By One Vote" facts:

  • Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845 by a single vote
  • Hitler won leadership of the German Nazi Party in 1923 by a single vote
  • The US House of Representatives, in 1801, elected Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States, by a single vote
Exercise your rights and vote!
 

If you have recently become able to vote or have recently moved, please make sure your voter registration is up-to-date.  You can find information on this web page on how to determine if/where you are registered and how to make sure that information is current.

As always, feel free to call my office or email me if you have any questions at all about voting or the process of obtaining an absentee ballot.

Crystal Osterink
Gaines Township Clerk
616.698.6640
crystal.osterink@gainestownship.org

                                                   
              

 Voter Registration Information

You are eligible to vote if you are:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • A resident of Michigan
  • Registered 30 days prior to the next election

You are not required to re-register for each election unless you have moved or changed your name. If you have moved and need to re-register, you can call Crystal Osterink at 616-698-6640.

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You can register to vote at any:

Secretary of State Branch Office
County Clerk's Office
Gaines Charter Township Clerk's Office
Assistant clerk for voter registration at specified government agencies
By mail (Important reminder if you register by mail - you must vote in person 
for your first election)

You can verify your voter registration by: Calling the Clerk's Office at 616-698-7980 or by clicking on the link below for MVIC. 

Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) has additional information such as:

  • How do I register to vote?

  • Find your clerk
  • Absentee ballots
  • Work at the Polls
  • Voting machine Instructions
  • Local election calendar
  • Map to your polling location

The MVIC has gone mobile ~ click here for details

  

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Voter Application Forms

The Michigan Voter Information Center has all of the information you need to:

  • Determine if you are registered to vote
  • Find your polling location
  • Contact your local election official
  • Learn to use your voting equipment
  • Find answers to frequently asked questions
  • See your sample ballot

And, as always, feel free to contact this office if you have any questions we can answer. 

Click here to download a copy of the Voter Registration/Driver License/Change of Address Form.

Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballots are available to registered voters if:

  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • You expect to be absent from the community the entire time the polls are open on election day
  • You are physically unable to attend the polls without assistance
  • You cannot attend the polls because of religious beliefs
  • You have been appointed a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you reside
  • You are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial

Remember, if you registered by mail, you are not eligible for an absentee ballot for your first election.

Links for Additional Information

Precinct Locations

 There are nine precincts in Gaines Charter Township.  For your convenience we have listed the precincts and their locations by number:

  • Precinct 1 ~ Gaines Charter Township Offices, 8555 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE
  • Precinct 2 ~ Gaines Charter Township Offices, 8555 Kalamazoo Avenue, SE
  • Precinct 3 ~ Gaines Branch Library ~ 421 68th Street, SE
  • Precinct 4 ~ Heritage Baptist Church ~ 1570 60th Street, SE
  • Precinct 5 ~ Heritage Baptist Church, 1570 60th Street, SE
  • Precinct 6 ~ Hillside Community Church, 1440 68th Street, SE
  • Precinct 7 ~ Providence Christian Reformed Church, 7730 Eastern Ave., SE
  • Precinct 8 ~ Ada Bible Church, 2045 68th Street, SE
  • Precinct 9 ~ Ada Bilble Church, 2045 68th Street, SE
Click here to view the Gaines Charter Township Precinct map. 

 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Township Clerk's Office serves as Freedom of Information Act Coordinator for Gaines Charter Township.  Click here for a FOIA Request.  Policy and procedures are outlined in the documents below:

 

Accounting

The Clerk will be able to answer your questions regarding Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Funds or Payroll.  Please feel free to contact her during normal business hours:

Gaines Charter Township 

8555 Kalamazoo Ave., SE

Caledonia, MI 49316

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM

616-698-6640 Ext. 12 or 616-698-7980

2017 General Fund Budget and Appropriations Act
Adopted 12_12_16
Click Here



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Cemetery Information

There are three (3) cemeteries within the boundaries of Gaines Charter Township.  Currently, two (2) of the three (3) have lots available:

  Click here to access a Cemetery Finder map.

Questions regarding cemetery rules and regulations?
Cick here to access our local Cemetery Ordinance



Transparency and Accountability

In September of 2014, Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Pubic Act 252.  In order for municipalities to receive additional revenue sharing funds for the State, the act requires municipalities to create a "dashboard" where residents can find the following information:

The information provided on the links above will show you valuable information as to how Gaines Charter Township is performing in various areas that affect you, your family and your community, as well as how it compares to other local municipalities.



Most application forms and permits are in PDF Format  gr smallpdf  and require the FREE Adobe® Acrobat® Reader available from the Adobe website.

 

Gaines Charter Township maintains this web-site to enhance public access to information.  Content is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as certified, unless so stated.

 

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