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Posted: Thursday, November 3, 2016 4:33 pm

In this election cycle, in addition to the presidential election, Michigan residents will also be voting for their congressional representatives, state representatives, Michigan Supreme Court justices, Michigan Board of Education members, board members for various colleges throughout the state and several positions at the county level such as county clerk and county sheriff.

With the election less than a week away, it’s time to start thinking about who to vote for. This guide breaks down all of the positions that will be on the ballot on Nov. 8.

Local Elections

Prosecuting attorney

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

This official acts as the chief law enforcer in the county. They review, authorize and prosecute felony and misdemeanor violations that occur within the county.

County sheriff

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

This official is responsible for enforcing the law and investigating crime within their county. They will oversee and work with county law enforcement to enforce laws and investigate criminal activity.

County treasurer

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

Responsible for sending tax bills, receiving funds such as property taxes, and collecting payments. The treasurer will then distribute funds to various county agencies and pay county bills.

County clerk

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

This office holder is responsible for managing the county’s records, such as birth, death and marriage records. They may also play a role in running local elections and registering voters.

County register of deeds

On the ballot in: Wayne County

The register of deeds is similar to the county clerk because they also manage public records. This person however deals mostly in property deeds and manages the deeds of property owners and their individual property rights. The Macomb and Oakland County Clerks will function as their register of deeds.

County commissioner

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

Typically, several county commissioners work together to oversee and enforce county policies and create new policies. They are responsible for levying taxes, maintaining roads, and overseeing courts, public health systems, building code enforcement and prisons.

Probate judge

On the ballot in: Wayne and Oakland Counties

This type of judge is responsible for overseeing the execution of a will left by a person who is deceased. They assess the validity of wills, hear disputes over wills and ensure that the provisions in wills are carried out.

Public works commissioner

On the ballot in: Macomb County

This commissioner is responsible for managing county land and is responsible for initiating public works projects to keep public land up to code and presentable. They may also be responsible for overseeing sewage, drainage and water systems in the county.

Detroit City Council member

On the ballot in: Wayne County

The person elected to this office will sit on the Detroit City Council and be responsible for attending board meetings, overseeing financial responsibility and voting on proposed laws for the city.

County executive

On the ballot in: Oakland County

The county executive is the head of all branches of a county government.

Water resources commissioner

On the ballot in: Oakland County

A water resources commissioner is responsible for managing the quality of a county’s water supply, managing sewage and drainage systems and keeping the environment protected from contamination.

Additionally, some municipalities may have circuit judge positions up for reelection but this is dependent upon individual circuit districts and municipalities. Check with your city clerk to find out if you have circuit court judges up for re-election.

State Elections

Michigan Supreme Court justice

The Michigan Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of Michigan. Made up of seven justices, this court has the ability to overturn rulings made by lower courts and hand down decisions on disputed issues. The only court that can overturn Michigan Supreme Court decisions in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Michigan state representatives

Your Michigan state representative acts as the voice for their community in the state legislature. The state legislature has the ability to make and pass state laws as well as levy taxes and distribute funds to various programs and agencies. A state representative can have a major impact on your life, as the state legislatures make policy that directly impacts its citizens on a much more regional scale.

Michigan State Board of Education member

State Board of Education members are responsible for making policy concerning education standards in the state. They ensure school districts are compliant with their policies and can set curriculum standards for public schools. 

Wayne State University governor

Wayne State University Board of Governors member

University of Michigan Board of Regents member

Trustee of Michigan State University

On the ballot in: Macomb, Wayne and Oakland Counties

For these three public colleges, their governing bodies are directly elected by the people. These officials are responsible for creating and implementing policy for their respective universities as well as overseeing the operations of the schools.

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