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Dexter, Chelsea Clerks Urge Voters to Review Ballot Before Heading to Polls on Tuesday

Local proposals populate an already crowded ballot in Washtenaw County.

No matter where you vote Nov. 6, the clerks from Dexter and Chelsea say be ready for lines and possibly long waits.

The ballot in Washtenaw County this election year is up to two pages, front and back, depending on what jurisdiction you reside in.

Dexter Township Clerk Harley Rider said the township is forecasting 80 to 85 percent turnout from registered voters, roughly the same as 2008.

"Be patient," he said. "We have an unprecedented amount of voting stations this year, which should help with the traffic flow."

One concern of a longer ballot is voter fatigue, especially in an election where several local proposals are placed last on the ballot.

"There's always that concern that the longer the ballot, the less people will pay attention to everything or won't end up finishing," Rider said.

Dexter Township voters are being asked to vote on a public safety millage to help pay for the construction of a new fire station.

Other townships have similiar millages. In Scio Township, voters are being asked to renew a 10-year millage to help preserve open space and farmland in the township.

Residents in the Chelsea Area Fire Authority's coverage area are being asked to renew a 1.8 millage. Registered voters in Chelsea and the townships of Lima, Lyndon and Sylvan will see the question below on their ballots.

You can download a sample ballot from the Michigan Secretary of State's Office before heading to the polls on Tuesday.

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