Clerk

About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

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.

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2014

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Redford, Michigan 48239

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Feature Story

Citizenship - Aug 2014
     by Garth Christie, MMC

ELECTORAL FOLLY

I want to share with everyone the great sense of pride I have for all our election workers.  I recruit smart dedicated people and then teach, train and supervise them.  They do all the work and they do an unbelievable job!

On the other hand, I am not proud of our electorate.  Less than 17% of Redford’s registered voters bothered to vote in the August 5th primary election.  This election, for all practical purposes, decided the fate of the U.S. Representative in Congress, the Wayne County Executive, the State Senator and the State Representative.  It was an important election where in the past we could expect to see a 25-27% turnout.

The system is broken and needs a fix.  One voter suggested to me that voters who fail to vote should be fined.  This is done in Australia where turnout is regularly in the mid to high 80%.  I like the idea.  The fines could be used to finance elections; however, I don’t know if our system of government would allow this.

The Detroit News” advocated switching the primary to May to avoid conflicts with summer vacations.  I’m not convinced that the date change would enhance turnout and an earlier date would extend the period of lame duckery. Instead, a change to September would be worth a try.  Clerks fret over the short turnaround time before the November election, but it has been done.

Other ideas include no reason absentee voting and early voting.  Every clerk in the State of Michigan supports these ideas, yet the State Legislature stubbornly refuses to pass these reforms.  An open primary should also be discussed. 

A system that alienates and effectively disenfranchises over 80% of the electorate is broken.  With such a small percentage of people voting and deciding, the legitimacy of our government is weakened.  The State Legislature needs to take action that will increase voter participation and voters also need to perform their civic duty.

 

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CLERK'S OFFICE

Township Hall -1st Floor
15145 Beech Daly,
Redford, Michigan, 48239
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Telephone: (313)387-2750
Fax: (313) 387-2707
Email: clerk@redfordtwp.com

 

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