Office of the Clerk



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.


Angela Burnside
   Township Clerk/ Board Member

Robin Haaksma
 Deputy Clerk/Payroll Clerk
616-698-6640 Ext. 132

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Voter and Election Information

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.

Angela Burnside
Gaines Township Clerk

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 the Clerk's office at 616-698-7980.

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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 Bible 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 and policy and procedure documents.  


The Clerk will be able to answer your questions regarding Accounts Payable, 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, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

616-698-6640 Ext. 130 or 616-698-7980


Cemetery Information

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

  The information contained on the cemetery maps was accurate as of  their posting.  Please contact the Clerk's office to verify information.

                                                                                           Area cemetery finder

Questions regarding cemetery rules and regulations?

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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