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On Tuesday, expanded voter access gets its first test as Michiganders go to the polls in local elections.

Last November, Michigan voters approved Proposal 3. The ballot proposal called for same-day voter registration, absentee ballots for any reason and other provisions designed to expand voter access.

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After another light voter turnout in the May election, the Genesee County clerk says it’s time to consolidate future elections to August and November.

There were elections May 8 in 66 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Voters were mostly asked to decide school millages and bond requests. 

Clerk John Gleason says the May election in Genesee County drew less than 10%, and in some cases much less.

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By more than a two-to-one margin, voters on Tuesday approved a nearly $97 million bond proposal for Kalamazoo Public Schools - the largest in its history.  Part of the money will replace a magnet school that was built in 1928. 

Jackson voters approved an $86.74 million bond proposal that will include building a new elementary school building.  The vote was 2,629 to 1,615.  

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The state House narrowly passed a charter school bill Thursday. It would let charter schools qualify for countywide tax millage dollars. That’s money that previously has gone to traditional public schools. The Senate bill has been waiting for a full House vote since last year.

Representative Tim Kelly, R-Saginaw, chairs the House Education Reform committee. He said all students should be treated equally.

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Legislation nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk would let charter schools receive revenue from voter-approved property tax hikes.

The Republican-led House narrowly approved the bill 55-52 Thursday, largely along party lines, after a different version previously cleared a divided Senate.

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There’s a bill going through the state legislature right now that would require traditional public schools to share money raised by regional enhancement millages with charters.

Senate Bill 0574 was passed by the Senate last week after it was introduced by Representative David Hildenbrand, R-Lowell, in September.

The bill has caused a lot of controversy and complicated the ongoing debate about charter schools in Michigan.

So what would the bill change, and how would it affect schools?

The millennial generation has had the challenge of dealing with record-high student debt rates.
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A bill moving through Lansing would relieve Buena Vista residents of debt left over from the township's dissolved school district.

Buena Vista voters yesterday rejected a non-homestead millage to continue paying off the $725,000 debt. They rejected a similar proposal last November.

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Buena Vista voters today will decide whether to renew a millage that would cover debt still owed by the township's now-defunct school district.  

Last November, voters rejected a similar proposal to cover the former district's $725,000 debt.

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Voters in Perry will decide Tuesday if they want to approve the school district’s operating millage.

The decision may decide the fate of the mid-Michigan school district.