About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk
Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.
Board Meeting Information
Regular Board Meeting dates for 2016
January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 15 & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
June 14 & 28
August 9 & 23
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 15 & 29
Board of Trustee Meeting Dates
All meetings are held at 7:00p.m. at Town Hall, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford, MI.
Board of Trustee Special Meeting Notices
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, June 14th @ 6:30pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 24th @ 6:30pm.
- Notice of Special Meeting of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 17th @ 5:45pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, May 10th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 19th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, March 29th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, January 12th @ 6:30pm.
Print the form, complete it and send it to:
Clerk's Office: Township Hall
15145 Beech Daly Road
Redford, Michigan 48239
Click Here for the current meeting agenda (.pdf).
Democracy Needs You
by Garth Christie
To many citizens, including myself, voting is an essential social and civic exercise. We wonder at the excitement in and around the polling precincts, the serendipity of meeting and conversing with our neighbors, mixing and mingling. As a communal ritual, voting reinforces itself. We feel better about voting when we are seen voting and see our neighbors voting, adding their voices to the public chorus of choosing our leaders. This experience cannot be replicated.
Now, in light of the new restrictions on voting, my enjoyment of this civic phenomenon seems selfish. Thus, I added my name to the permanent absentee voter list beginning with the March Presidential Primary Election. My civic duty has changed to reducing the congestion on Election Day by one person.
Michigan citizens no longer have the right to vote the entire partisan portion of the ballot with a single mark; instead, we must mark each office separately. This means it will take voters much longer to vote a ballot resulting in long lines at the polling precincts that may be filled with confused and angry citizens who just learned that this right was taken away by State government.
The Michigan Township association (MTA) and the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC) have urged their members to remind their voters who are not on the permanent absentee voter list and are eligible to vote by absentee ballot to use this option. Clerks across the State of Michigan have sent letters to voters age 60 and older reminding them of their right to vote by absentee ballot. These voters have the right to vote absentee by virtue of their age. Younger votes must check one of the following reasons: unable to attend the polls unassisted; an election inspector outside my voting precinct; my religion prohibits it; I’m in jail; or I expect to be out of Redford the entire time the polls are open on Election Day. The latter would apply to voters planning a vacation, working a 12 hour shift in Livonia or another community and many more.
If your civic duty has changed to reducing the congestion on Election by one person, you can add your name to the permanent absentee voter list and you will automatically receive an application to request a ballot about 6 weeks prior to every election. We will mail you a ballot after you fill out and return the application. You’ll then be able to mark your ballot at your leisure and return it by mail or save postage and use the drive-up silver ballot box located at the curb behind Town Hall.
Also, I’m always recruiting election inspectors. The MTA and the MAMC recommend doubling everything in anticipation of the Presidential election. This makes me concerned since over two dozen election inspectors did not show during the March election. I have great success recruiting Thurston High School Eagles and Redford Union High School Panthers and they are great on the computers; however, they graduate and go off to exotic places like Mt. Pleasant and East Lansing.
To apply for an absentee voter ballot or to work as an election inspector on August 2nd and November 8th call my office at 313-387-2752. Elections do not belong to the Clerk or Town Hall. Elections belong to the entire community and I need your help to ensure that the upcoming elections go as smoothly as possible.