Elections & Voting
2021 Election Dates
|May 4, 2021||Special School Election||Last day to register other than in-person- April 29, 2021|
|August 3, 2021||State Primary Election||Last day to register other than in-person- July 19, 2021|
|November 2, 2021||State General Election||Last day to register other than in-person- October 18, 2021|
~May 4, 2021 Special School Election News~
The Special School Election will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The polling location for city residents is the Ithaca Community Center located at 120 N. Maple Street, Ithaca. Polls will be open from 7:00am until 8:00pm. Any person in line at 8:00pm will be allowed to vote.
- Not registered to vote and want to vote in this election? You must go in person to the City Clerk’s office as soon as possible but not later than 8:00pm on election day. Proof of residency is required and photo ID should be presented.
- Already registered, but changing your address? You have three options:
1) You must go to the City Clerk’s office and bring a document showing proof of residency (Driver’s license, paycheck, bank statement, current utility bill or another government document)
2) Vote at your old voting location one more time
3) Request an absent voter ballot from your old city or township clerk
- Absentee Ballots are available at City Hall, by mail-in or on-line application at Michigan.gov/vote.
City Hall hours are 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday, Special hours: Saturday, May 1, 2021 from 8:00am - 4:00pm and May 4, 2021 from 7:00am – 8:00pm. Please bring photo ID.
The deadline to obtain an absentee ballot online or by mail is 5:00pm on April 30th or in person at the Clerk’s office up until 4:00pm on May 4, 2021. If you request an absentee ballot on the day before Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office.
Absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office (City Hall) by 8:00pm on Election Day. Do not return them to the polls. Ballots may be returned by mail, drop box, or in person. If you requested an absentee ballot, but have changed your mind and want to vote at the polls, you must surrender your ballot to the City Clerk. Please contact the clerk’s office for more information at 875-3200 or email@example.com.
~2021 Board Positions & Council Election~
CITY OF ITHACA
If you would like to give a few hours of your time and expertise, we would like to hear from you! The people of Ithaca are what make this a great community and help it to run efficiently. The City is currently accepting applications for appointments to the following Boards and Commissions:
|• Planning Commission||2 Positions||3 Year Term||Meets 2nd Tuesday of the Month|
|• Board of Review||1 Position||3 Year Term||Meets in March, July and December|
|• Downtown Development Authority||2 Positions||4 Year Term||Meets in April, June, September, and December|
|• Thompson Home Public Library Board||1 Position||5 Year Term||Meets Every Other Month|
|• Zoning Board of Appeals||3 Position||3 Year Term||Meets 4th Thursday of the Month (as needed)|
Eligible applicants must be an elector of the City of Ithaca and shall have been a resident of the City for period of not less than one year* and must not be in default to the City. Applications will be accepted through May 31*.
Terms run from July 1* through June 30* of each year. *Not a requirement for DDA
Applications are available at City Hall or on the City website: www.ithacami.com, please drop off or mail to City Hall, 129 W. Emerson St., Ithaca, MI 48847 or fax to 989-875-4064 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE.
The planning Commission (PC) shall be composed of the Mayor and six electors of the city. The six electors shall each be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the City Council. The terms of members who are electors shall be for three years. As provided by law, members of the Planning Commission shall serve
without compensation for such service.
The duties of the PC are to annually review the Countywide Master Plan, including Capital Improvement and other plans for the City. It also reviews all Commercial and Residential Site Plans as submitted.
Board of Review
The Board of Review (BOR) shall be composed of three electors of the city. The three electors shall each be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. The terms of members who are electors shall be for three years. Members of the BOR will be compensated for their service.
The duties of the BOR are revising and correcting assessments. The BOR meets in March for three days to hear the complaints of all persons considering themselves aggrieved by assessments. Its determines if the property has been wrongfully assessed or omitted from the roll, and makes any correction to the assessment roll provided by the City Assessor. The BOR will also meet in July and December for any clerical corrections to the assessment roll.
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) shall be composed of the Mayor and eight members appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council. Not less than a majority of the board members shall be persons having an interest in property located in the downtown district or officers, members, trustees, principals, or employees of a legal entity having an interest in property located in the downtown district. Terms of office for members shall be four years.
The duties of the DDA is to plan, develop and promote an economic expansion system within the development district, to correct and prevent deterioration in the downtown district to encourage historical preservation; to create and implement development plans; to promote the economic growth of the downtown; and to encourage the expansion of commercial enterprises.
Thompson Home Public Library Board
The Library Board shall be composed of five members, four of which must be electors of the city and the fifth may be a member of the district. The five electors shall each be appointed by the Mayor, subject to
confirmation the City Council. The terms of members who are electors shall be for five years. As provided
by law, members of the Library Board shall serve without compensation for such service.
The duties of the Library Board are to oversee administration and ensure the proper operation of the library.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The ZBA shall be composed of three members; a Council Representative, a Planning Commission member and an elector of the Public At-Large. In addition, there are two alternate positions., All members shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. The terms of members who are electors shall be for three years. As provided by law, members of the ZBA shall serve without compensation for such service.
The duties of the ZBA re to review submitted applications from residents who are requesting a variance to the City Zoning Code with regards to a proposed construction project on their property which exceed certain limits within said code.
~ 2021 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION ~
Elected City Council positions:
Each odd year, the electors of the City vote for their elected officials for the City Council. All positions are non-partisan and elected from the city at-large. The City Council shall exercise all of the legislative and policymaking powers of the city and shall provide for the performance of all duties and obligation imposed upon the city by law. Compensation shall be set by the City Council on a per meeting, actual attended basis. The regular meetings of the City Council are the first and third Tuesdays of each month and others as needed.
The Elected Offices are:
• Mayor (2-year term)
• City Councilperson (3 positions: 4-year terms)
To be eligible for these positions, you must be:
- An elector of the City;
2. Shall have been a resident of the City for a period of not less than one year preceding the date of
of the election.
3. Must have such qualifications at the time of his/her appointment.
4. May not be in default to the City when taking office.
To run for City Council….
♦ Candidates are nominated by petitions, complying with the requirements of Michigan Election law.
♦ Petitions are obtained from the City Clerk.
♦ Petitioner must obtain not less than 2% (estimated 40) and not more than 4% (estimated 80) signatures of the registered electors in the City. Petitioners may not pay a fee in lieu of obtaining signatures
♦ Petitions must be filed with the City Clerk by 4:00pm on April 20, 2021
♦ Election Dates: •Special School Election: May 4, 2021 •Primary: August 3, 2021 •General: November 2, 2021.
**Contact City Clerk Cathy Cameron for more information**
989-875-3200 x 304 or email@example.com
Register to Vote
Are you a registered voter for the City of Ithaca?
You can register to vote at City Hall, the Gratiot County Clerk's office or at any Secretary of State office or State online system. You must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years or older, and your permanent address must be in the City of Ithaca. Persons who are 17 years of age and will turn 18 between the last day to register to vote and Election day, may register to vote in the election, but must do so prior to the close of the last day to register.
Voters who find it difficult to attend the polls, may vote by absentee or request to be placed on the permanent absentee list. Placing yourself on the permanent absentee list will ensure that an absentee ballot application will be sent to you for each election.
It is then your choice to file it or vote at the polls.
Please contact the City Clerk at 875-3200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and submitted to your city clerk. Absentee applications may be obtained from the local clerk, County Clerk, Secretary of State office or online at www.mi.gov/vote. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
How to Reach the City Clerk
Contact Cathy by calling (989) 875-3200 or by using the
e-mail contact form to the right.