IRON RIVER—The Republican presidential candidates aren’t the only action on the ballot when Iron County voters go the polls on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
County voters—all of them—will also decide the fate of the Health Department millage renewal, and voters in County Board’s First District will decide whether to recall Commissioner Wayne Wales.
When voters report at their precincts on Feb. 28, they will be asked which party’s ballot they want—a Republican ballot, a Democratic ballor or a ballot that lists local issues only.
Technically, it is a “closed” primary. However, Michigan voters do not have to register with a political party. When you report to the election workers at your precinct, you will have to choose in writing which ballot you want.
This rule is only in effect for the presidential primary. The August primary for the general election is an “open” primary; voters will not have to ask for a specific party’s ballot.
President Obama is the only name on the Democratic ballot. The Republican race has 11 names, including the four remaining candidates: Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. (By state law, the candidate listing was finalized in December.)
Besides the names on the ballot, voters in both parties can also vote “uncommitted.” If enough such votes are cast, the state party will send an uncommitted delegate to the national convention.
All Iron County voters are being asked to approve a millage for the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. It’s a renewal, although the levy has increased slightly, from .35 mills to .42 mills.
In the County Board’s First District (Bates Township, Stambaugh Township and the city of Gaastra), voters will be asked whether to recall Commissioner Wayne Wales for allegedly not representing the best interests of his constituents.
If a majority of voters decide in favor of a recall, Wales will be removed from office and an election held to fill the final months of his term. Wales’ two-year term on the County Board ends on Dec. 31, and all County Board seats will be decided by voters in November.
There are no other offices or proposals on the Feb. 28 ballot.ocal issues on ballot along with GOP hopefuls