An election is a formal decision-making process by which the population chooses an individual to hold public office. Elections have been the usual mechanism by which modern representative democracy operates since the 17th century. Elections may fill offices in the legislature, sometimes in the executive and judiciary, and for regional and local government.
It is more important than ever to get out and vote. Many people think that their vote does not matter. There have been many elections - not just local - that have been decided by less than 100 votes. Here are some true "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
The US House of Representatives, in 1801, elected Thomas Jefferson as President of the United States
Exercise your rights and vote!
Precinct 1 - Gaines Charter Township Offices, 8555 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Precinct 2 - Gaines Charter Township Offices, 8555 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Precinct 3 - Gaines Public 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
Click here to view the Gaines Charter Township Precinct map.
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.
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
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.
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.
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