If you are not one of approximately 1,800 absentee voters in Lima Township, then you will be standing in line (winter coats advised) with as many as 1,500 others on Nov. 3 to vote in-person.
I am the clerk, along with my Election Inspectors, who will get you through the line and voting as quickly and smoothly as possible. As voters, you may assist the process by being kind, patient, and following the rules.
The two-sided ballot has almost 30 choices to make, but the good news is most of you have already done your research and know who you will be picking. I want to assist you on Election Day by suggesting using the Straight or Split-Ticket method to vote your ballot.
Straight Ticket is voting for the party of your choice and nothing further need be done in the partisan section.
Split Ticket is voting Straight Party Ticket of whichever major political party you choose and cherry-picking any other candidates or write-in candidates from another party (do not forget to fill in the squares).
That’s as easy as it gets, and it completes most of the front portion of the ballot, and you get to move on to the nonpartisan section of the Ticket much quicker and finish your voting much sooner.
Once you finish, this allows the next person to vote sooner, and hopefully, they will also use Straight or Split-Ticket to vote and move through quicker. None of this is new information, just restated so that if used, it will make election day better for everyone.
Lima Township has only one local important race to decide on with this ballot. That of the Township Trustees. There are not a lot of qualifications a person must have to run for a township board. A person must be a township elector or, in other words – qualified to vote, but property ownership is not required. An elector is defined as someone 18 years of age who is a U.S. citizen and has lived at least 30 days in the Township for which they will serve.
That being said, both of my adult kids are registered voters and have voted in most elections since they were 18 years old. Because they should. They were born and raised in Lima. My daughter drives a Chelsea School Bus, and my son works for the Milling Company, so their community roots run pretty deep.
All this sounds so much like Dale Luick’s story. Both my kids may even think they could be Trustees – just like Dale. But I still wouldn’t vote for either of them, like I won’t vote for Dale.
First – they were just lucky to be born and raised in Lima Township, and second I am already on the Board, and that is enough of one family. The Township is a five-member Board. If two are from the same, immediate family, is that a good representation for the approximately 4,000 people of the Township?
The voters of Lima are fortunate to have two excellent candidates running for the Trustees’ positions. Greg McKenzie (R) wants to resolve the Township’s facility deficiencies. David Hensel (I) brings his long-range planning and financial experience.
What does Dale Luick bring to the table? – Another family member. Thank goodness it is almost Thanksgiving.
Lima voters, come out on Election day and make your voice heard. Maybe Lima Township will be the highest percentage of voter turnout in Washtenaw County.