Voter Information

Voting Information

What are the key dates leading up to the August 3, 2021 bond vote?

Voter registration procedures have changed since the last election.


  • Absentee voter ballots will be available June 19 to August 3, 2021

  • The last day to register to vote by mail is July 19, 2021

  • In-person registration with your local clerk with proof of residency runs from June 19 – August 3, 2021 at 8 p.m.

  • The deadline for electors to obtain an absent voter ballot via First Class mail is July 30, 2021 at 5 p.m.

  • The deadline for electors to obtain an absent voter ballot in person in clerk’s office is August 2, 2021 at 4 p.m.

  • Election Day is Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Election day registrants can register in person with your township or city clerk, not at a precinct. Voters who register on Election Day get a ballot and can vote that day.


Where and when will the vote occur? 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 is election day. Absentee voting can occur anytime from June 19, 2021 to August 3, 2021. All registered voters may cast an absentee voter ballot by mail. Voters may cast a ballot at the polling location established by their city/township. If you have questions or do not know where you vote, please contact your city/township office. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021.


Where and when do I register to vote?

To vote in the August 3, 2021 school election, you must be a U.S. citizen; at least 18 years of age by Election Day; a resident of Michigan and Carson City-Crystal Area Schools and registered to vote. Please contact your city/township Clerk to register or visit any Secretary of State office. Printable voter registration forms are available on the state website,



How do I apply to vote absentee?

Registered voters must complete and submit the application to receive their absentee voter ballot. To obtain an absentee ballot, fill out the absentee ballot application and sign it, and then mail or email it to your local clerk. For assistance in obtaining the address of your local clerk, visit When filling out the application, if you check the box to be added to the permanent absentee voter list, you will get an application mailed to you before every election.


Applications for Absentee Ballots are available:

  • Online

  • At your Clerk’s office

Note: Once election ballots are available in the clerk’s office, you can walk into your clerk’s office, receive an absentee application, fill it out, and immediately be given your ballot to cast your vote.


If I rent a house, live in an apartment, or a modular home park and do not pay property taxes, can I vote on the bond proposal?

Yes, you can vote on the bond proposal. You must be a registered voter in the city or township you are living in.


Where is my voting location?

Precinct 1 - Carson City: Carson City and North Shade Township voters 

Precinct 2 - Bloomer Township: Bloomer and Bushnell Township voters 

Precinct 3 - Crystal Township: Crystal, Evergreen and Ferris Township voters 

Precinct 4 - North Plains Township: North Plains, Ronald and Lebanon Township voters 

Precinct 5 - New Haven Township: New Haven Township voters 

If you are unsure of your precinct’s voting location, please visit the following link:

Ballot Language

How will the bond proposal appear on the ballot? 





Shall Carson City-Crystal Area Schools, Montcalm, Gratiot, Ionia and Clinton Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Five Million Six Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($5,650,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of:


remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and reequipping school buildings, including roof, boiler, and water heater replacements; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school buildings; preparing, developing, improving, and equipping athletic fields and facilities; and preparing, developing, and improving sites?


The following is for informational purposes only:


The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2021 is 0.78 mill ($0.78 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a -0- mill net increase over the prior year’s levy, except with respect to the territory of the former Palo Community Schools school district, which will have a 0.78 mill increase over the prior year’s levy. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-five (25) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 0.61 mill ($0.61 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).


The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $8,315,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $0. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.


(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)