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Posted on: December 19, 2016

Promote safety and security at polling places

In an effort to promote safety and security at polling locations across the community, the Clerk's Office and the Taylor Police suggest that everyone involved in the election process remember State of Michigan election laws.

Voters are expected to turn out in record numbers on Tuesday, November 8, for the 2016 Presidential Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Our officers will be working closely with the Clerk’s Office to ensure that the voting process go smoothly according to all the rules,” Police Chief Mary Sclabassi said. “Officers and auxiliary officers will be deployed to ensure a peaceful process for all of our residents.”

In order to keep order at all polling places, Michigan election law, MCL 168.678, extends to precinct boards full authority to maintain peace, regularity and order at the polling place and to enforce obedience to their lawful commands during any primary or election and during the canvass of the votes after the poll is closed. Precinct boards are extended such authority as voters have a right to vote a secret ballot in a secure, orderly environment which is free of distractions.

Please expect to wait in line at this major election, and any disturbances in the polling locations will be reported to the local authorities.

Each polling location will have clearly marked areas outside for campaigning.  Anyone distributing literature for candidates must be 100 feet from the entrance of where the voters are entering the building.  The same rule applies when soliciting signatures on a petition form.

Please do not follow voters up to the entrance as you will be asked to return to the designated area, Clerk Cindy Bower said.  If requests are ignored, you will be asked to leave the premises or physically removed if necessary.  Per MCL 168.744 those found disobeying the 100-foot rule can be charged with a misdemeanor.

The placement of lawn signs is prohibited on easements near the street and on school property. Any signs found in these areas will be removed by local ordinance officers.

The City of Taylor thanks voters for their cooperation!


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