A primary election is taking place Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 in the City of Jackson and all over Michigan. Here is a breakdown of everything voters need to know about this election:
ELECTION INFORMATION: Voters will decide primaries for U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, State Senate, State House, County Commission and Precinct Delegates. There are no City of Jackson elections on the ballot. Voters will have one ballot proposal to consider for the Jackson Area Transportation Authority (JATA).
The local bus and shuttle
service is seeking approval
of a millage renewal. JATA will be requesting a one mill transit renewal. The renewal is not a new tax. The renewal simply allows JATA to continue to operate at its’ current level. Without local support, JATA would have to drastically reduce services.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2 for the primary election. All absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted in the election.
More information about polling places and registering to vote is available on the Elections Division page of the City website.
WARD CHANGES: Earlier this year, the City Council finalized a new ward map for the City’s six wards. These borders are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population changes determined by the U.S. Census and to comply with Jackson County Commission district lines. The map selected by the council changes boundaries for every ward but Ward 1.
WHAT THIS MEANS
FOR RESIDENTS: Depending on where you live, this could change who represents you on the City Council, what ward you live in, and where you go to vote in-person. The City Clerk’s Office is mailing out updated voter registration cards to impacted residents, informing them of their new ward and voting location. The map included with this article is the new ward and precinct map. A closer look at this map is available on the City website. There are no changes to polling place locations. The ward alterations do not impact submission of absentee voter ballots, which will continue to submitted to the City Clerk’s Office through mail, drop box or hand submission.