Voters across Oakland County will tackle ballot issues from ranked choice voting to recreational marijuana sales while those in Southfield will pick a new clerk to replace the one who resigned over tampering with voting procedures.
Longtime Southfield resident and Medicare agent Gabi Grossbard, 50, is facing Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson for the local clerk’s position.
In Royal Oak, voters are set to decide whether they support ranked choice voting, a system in which voters can rank any and all candidates for a given office on their ballot as opposed to selecting only one. Ranked choice voting is also on the ballot Tuesday in East Lansing and Kalamazoo.
Oakland County is piloting the state’s new early voting option this week, which allows residents to cast their ballots in person before Election Day in 26 jurisdictions. The pilot program has already begun and voters can cast their ballot at their designated regional site or the county’s general site through Sunday. Rochester is also participating in the state’s pilot early voting program, separate from the county.
Marijuana is an issue in Rochester, Birmingham and Keego Harbor, where voters will decide whether to permit local marijuana retailers.
In Birmingham, a proposal to lift the ban on marijuana sales and allow one medical marijuana facility and one recreational facility is on the ballot. Another measure in Keego Harbor would allow the City Council to regulate up to one marijuana retailer and prohibit all…