State Rep. Ann Bollin said it’s time for the state to consider postponing the May elections to protect Michigan voters from COVID-19.
Bollin, R-Brighton Township, called on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to postpone the upcoming May election until August. She recently sent a letter to the governor urging the change and promising to work on legislative solutions to help school districts and communities who might have been counting on collecting monies from the proposed bond or millage questions on the July 1 tax bills.
“Holding the election in May presents a serious health and safety risk to the public, local clerks, and election workers across the state of Michigan,” Bollin wrote. “Known cases of COVID-19 are increasing exponentially and we are facing many other unknown factors. We must take every precaution necessary.
“Election preparation begins long before Election Day and this should be given strong consideration before we expend monies unnecessarily. Many of the dates on the May election calendar are dictated by law and are already coming into play. As a former clerk, I am intimately familiar with what goes into prepping for an election and the confines of the election calendar. This coupled with COVID-19 is presenting serious challenges for clerks.”
Bollin’s office remains ready to serve residents and answer their questions, though staff is working remotely. Residents can continue to reach her office by calling (517) 373-1784 or emailing AnnBollin@house.mi.gov.
Reliable information about COVID-19 can be found at www.michigan.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Residents with health-related questions can also call Michigan’s coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or email COVID19@michigan.gov.