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2023 Election Dates and Deadlines
The available 2023 regular election dates for millage or bond proposals are on the following Tuesdays:
A certified copy of the school board resolution approving ballot language for a millage or bond proposal must be filed with the school’s election coordinator (typically the county clerk) at least 12 weeks before the chosen election date. For the May 2023 election date, that filing deadline is Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. If your school district is considering a millage or bond proposal in May, please contact the attorney who assists your school district with election matters as soon as possible.
Registered electors in a school district may circulate petitions to place a millage or bond proposal on the ballot on a date other than one of the regular election dates listed above. Petitions bearing enough signatures must be filed at least 12 weeks before the applicable election date. For 2023, the remaining available petition initiative “floater” election dates are the following Tuesdays (even if the date is a legal holiday):
June 13, 20, 27
September 19, 26
December 19, 26
The 2023 regular and “floater” election dates may be used to seek voter approval for any of the following:
- millage renewal;
- restoration/override of Headlee reduction to existing millage;
- new millage, such as sinking fund, recreational, or regional enhancement; or
- voted bonds.
For a new bond issue that a district would like qualified under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program, school officials should contact their bond attorney at least six months before the prospective election date, if not earlier, to schedule a preliminary qualification meeting with the Department of Treasury. Reserving a meeting date early offers school officials the best chance to develop a favorable bond election schedule.
If you have questions about voted bonds or millages, please contact the Thrun Law Firm attorney who assists you with election matters.