Political affiliation

Asked December 17, 2017, 10:09 PM EST

Do Township officers have to be elected in a partisan election, or can they change the elections to non-partisan like in Cities. (in cities, there are Council members, and Townships have officers, clerk, treasurer, and trustees. I think that Cities have the rules in their charter. Is there a similar thing in general law townships?)

A partisan election severely limits choices to just the primary elections and really makes it very difficult to "unseat" incumbents.

Allegan County Michigan

1 Response

Under Michigan Election Law, candidates for township offices must be selected in a partisan primary. Townships do not have the authority to choose non-partisan elections like cities do. Specifically, MCL 168.345 provides that “the qualified and registered electors of each political party may vote for party candidates for township offices.” Under MCL 168.355, the candidate of “each political party to a township office” receiving the most votes is then “the nominee . . . of that political party.”

For Information on the pros and cons of partisan or non-partisan elections, you may visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/why_are_some_elections_non_partisan.