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Michigan and Wisconsin voters who have not already returned an absentee ballot can fill out their ballots on Election Day Tuesday at local polling stations from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Michigan voters will have a variety of local, county, state and federal offices to consider on the ballot, along with proposals to include everything from levy renewals to a state constitutional amendment.

Along with selecting the president, Michigan voters will also vote for a U.S. Senator, 1st District Congressman, and the 110th state house seat. There are two contested state Supreme Court seats on the ballot, along with uncontested races for 4th District Court of Appeals, 32nd Circuit Court, and Gogebic County Prosecutor.

In Iron County, Wisconsin, besides president, voters will also select a member of Congress for the 7th District, a member of the state Assembly for the 74th district. There are also races for Iron County clerk and district attorney on the ballot. The county treasurer and register of deeds are running unopposed.


The Ironwood Area Schools has a question on the ballot to renew the operating levy.

There are also three candidates running for three open seats on the Ironwood Area Schools Board of Education.

There is one uncontested seat and three candidates seeking two other open seats on the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District Board.

The Wakefield-Marenisco School Board has three candidates who are seeking three open seats.

There are two uncontested candidates for two seats with four-year terms on the Bessemer Area Schools Board.

There are two candidates seeking a partial term one-year seat on the board.

All ballots will ask voters to choose up to two members of the state Board of Education; two members of the University of Michigan Board of Regents; two members on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, and two members on the Wayne State Board University Board of Governors. There are also two uncontested seats on the Gogebic Community College Board of Trustees.

Also in Gogebic County

The seven Gogebic County Commission seats are up for election. The current commissioners are running unopposed.

Also in Gogebic County, there are two candidates seeking the county drain commissioner seat. Other county offices that are running uncontested include county clerk and register of deeds, treasurer, and the county sheriff after a primary victory over two opponents in the same party in August.

In Ironwood Township, the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer seats are uncontested. There are six candidates seeking the four open seats on the township board of trustees.

Watersmeet Township has three candidates seeking to become town supervisor. There are two candidates seeking to become the township clerk. There are three candidates seeking two open trustee seats and the treasurer is running uncontested.

In Marenisco Township and in Wakefield Township the township supervisor, clerk and treasurer seats are uncontested. There are also two trustee candidates who are seeking two open seats in both townships.

In Erwin Township the supervisor, clerk and treasurer seats are unopposed. There are two candidates seeking two open seats on the town board of trustees.

In Bessemer Township the supervisor, clerk and treasurer seats are also unopposed. There is one candidate and two open seats on the town board of trustees.

The ballot questions include a Gogebic County proposal for renewal of separate tax limitations.

There are two state constitutional amendment proposals on the ballot. Proposal 20-1 asks if money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands would continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation of parks, nature areas and public recreation facilities. Proposal 20-2 asks if a search warrant should be required to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.