203 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc MI  48439 ~ (810) 694-1118

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For information and instructions on HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE, click here.

CITY CLERK DUTIES

The City Clerk/Treasurer performs several duties.

As City Clerk, she

  • maintains orderly and accessible records of all City activities and transactions
  • provides for effective administration of city, state, federal and school elections
  • keeper of the City Seal
  • records the proceedings of the City Council
  • acts as the City Accountant
  • acts as the Pension Administrator
  • acts as the Purchasing Agent
  • Freedom of Information coordinator

 

To record the proceedings of the City Council, the Clerk must

  • attend all City Council meetings
  • record the action taken by the Council

The minutes of the City Council are the only legal record of the action taken by the City Council and are maintained forever. All minutes are kept pursuant to the Michigan Open Meetings Act, as amended. All City records (contracts, bid information and financial data) are maintained according to the recommended State of Michigan record retention schedule.

Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, the City Clerk receives and responds to all requests for information filed with the City.

Click the links below to download forms and information on Freedom of Information:

To effectively administer all city, state, federal and school elections, the City Clerk must

Elected Positions in the City of Grand Blanc

The Mayor of the City of Grand Blanc is elected in November of odd numbered years for a four (4) year term and the Mayor is elected at large. The six (6) Councilmen are elected in November of odd numbered years for staggered four (4) year terms and are elected at large. The two (2) Board of Review members are elected in November of odd numbered years for two (2) year terms and are elected at large. The City of Grand Blanc does not have a primary election.

Becoming A Candidate

Requirements for running for office in the City of Grand Blanc are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be a Registered Voter in the City of Grand Blanc.

Procedure for filing for candidacy is as follows:

  • You must obtain a petition from the City Clerk at City Hall. This action technically labels you as a candidate.
  • You must collect signatures of 20 Registered Voters of the City of Grand Blanc.
  • You must file by the 7th Monday prior to the odd-year November election date unless otherwise directed by the State of Michigan.
  • You must file a notarized "Statement of Identity" which requires information that includes name, address, phone number and whether or not you have changed your name within the last 10 years.
  • You must file a "Statement of Organization" with the Genesee County Clerk - Election Division.

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Bethany Smith

(810) 694-1118 

clerk@cityofgrandblanc.com

 

 

BIO

Bethany has been employed by the City since 1986. In April 2007 she was appointed by the City Council as Clerk/Treasurer. Previously she served the City as the Accounts Payable Clerk, Payroll Clerk, Water & Sewer Clerk, Planning Commission Secretary and Treasurer/Deputy Clerk

Bethany holds a BBA from the University of Michigan-Flint in Accounting and an Associates Degree in Business/Finance from Mott Community College.

Professional Development:

  • Certified Municipal Finance Administrator in 2000, renewed in 2010
  • Past President of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association
  • Member of the Cash Collections Committee for the Association of Public Treasurers
  • State of Michigan Accredited Election Official and Accredited Training Officer
VOTING & ELECTIONS

Voter Registration

Questions about Voter Registration? Email clerk@cityofgrandblanc.com

All persons desiring to vote must be registered. Voter Registration is available at any Secretary of State office as well as City Hall. In order to vote in an election you must register at least 30 days prior to the election. A new State of Michigan requirement states that your Voter Registration Address MUST match your Driver's License Address.

Requirements for becoming a Registered Voter in the City of Grand Blanc are:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or turn 18 in the 30 day period preceding the election.
  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must be a City of Grand Blanc resident.

If you want to confirm your voter registration or see a sample ballot, you can check here: MI VOTER INFORMATION CENTER.

 

VOTING LOCATIONS (POLLS)

The City of Grand Blanc is divided into four (4) precincts.

Precinct 1

Indian Hill, Applegate Condominiums, the area between Indian Hill and Applegate Lane, Perry Creek, Kings Pointe Greens (City portion only) and the northeast area of the City.

Precinct 2

All addresses west of Saginaw Street including Grand Oak Subdivision, Hawthorne Glen, Country House Apartments, Stone Hollow Subdivision, Grand Meadows Apartments and Clover Ridge ( City portion only)

Precinct 3

Bella Vista and Kirkridge Subdivisions, Kirkridge Condominiums, Bella Vista and Sunset Apartments

Precinct 4

Riverbend East, Riverbend West, Kings Pointe (City portion only), Riverbend Apartments, Perry Place and Grand Bend Club Apartments

When the City of Grand Blanc is administering the election, the following are the two (2) polling locations:

Precincts 1, 2 & 4 vote at the Grand Blanc Senior Activity Center - 12632 Holly Road
Precinct 3 votes at the Fire Hall - 117 High Street

Polling locations are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM on ELECTION DAY for voting purposes. If the voter is unable to attend the polls on election day, and meets certain requirements, the voter may receive an absentee ballot prior to election day by contacting the City Clerk's office at (810) 694-1118 or at 203 E. Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, MI 48439.(To download an Absentee Voters Ballot Application click here)

Residents who require an Absentee Voter Ballot should keep the following facts in mind:

  • If you have requested to be on the Permanent Absentee Voter List, you will automatically receive an Application for an Absentee Voter Ballot in the mail.
  • If you are over 60 years or permanently unable to attend your polling place, you may request to be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List by calling City Hall at 694-1118.
  • If you need an application to MAIL in, you can print one here AVB Application.
  • You must sign the application and return it to City Hall either personally or by mail before an Absentee Voter Ballot can be issued to you.
  • If you bring the application in, your ballot may be issued to you immediately while you are here.
  • If you would like to come to City Hall to receive your Absentee Voter Ballot, and have not previously received an application, an application will be given to you to sign at that time. It is not necessary to have an application before you arrive.
  • By law, a ballot may only be given to the voter it is issued to. Therefore, voters may NOT pick up ballots for spouses, neighbors, etc.
  • You may request and receive an APPLICATION for someone else.
  • You may RETURN a ballot for someone else.
  • If you choose to mail in your signed application, a ballot will be issued to you and mailed to the address indicated on your application. Please allow enough time before the election to request the ballot, so that you can receive it and return it to City Hall by the day before the election.
  • After receiving your ballot – either in person or by mail - you may either return it personally to City Hall, place it in the after-hours drop box outside the front door, or mail it.
  • Make sure to sign the outside envelope of your Absentee Voter Ballot. Unsigned ballots are not valid and will not be counted.
  • The last day to request an Absentee Ballot is the day before the election, however no ballots may leave City Hall at that time.  All Absentee Ballots issued the day before the election MUST be voted at City Hall.
  • Absentee Voter Ballots must be received at City Hall by the day before the election or may be taken to your precinct on Election Day to be counted.
  • Late ballots are not counted.
OFFICE INFO

203 E. Grand Blanc Road • Grand Blanc MI  48439 • (810) 694-1118
Police Administration (810) 694-1111
OFFICE HOURS: 8 AM-5 PM  Monday-Friday