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Put three First Class stamps on your absentee ballot

The U.S. Postal Service will deliver completed absentee ballots to vote counters in Alabama even if they are mailed with insufficient postage, a postal spokeswoman said. But the safest plan is to put three First Class stamps on the ballot before you drop it in the mail box.

“If a return ballot is … entered into the mainstream with insufficient or unpaid postage, it is the Postal Service’s policy not to delay the delivery of completed balloting materials,” said Debra J. Fetterly, spokesperson for the Alabama District of the United States Postal Service. “In cases where a ballot enters the mainstream without the proper amount of postage, the Postal Service will attempt to collect postage from the appropriate Board of Elections.”

The Postal Service is “fully committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on-time,” Fetterly said, “and doing so is our number one priority between now and Election

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Proposal on November ballot would change Michigan’s natural resources trust fund

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan voters will decide next month whether to change how money can be spent under a popular program that buys land for public use and supports projects such as construction of trails, playgrounds and boat launches.

Related: Your guide to the 2020 election

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund uses royalties paid by developers of state-owned minerals — primarily oil and natural gas — to protect sensitive lands and boost outdoor recreation.

More than $1.2 billion has been distributed since the fund was established in 1976. Last year’s awards ranged from $49,000 to improve a floating boardwalk in Munising Township to $2.7 million for a non-motorized pathway in Detroit.

Under rules governing how the money is parceled out, about three-quarters has been spent on land purchases. A proposal on the Nov. 3 election ballot would alter the formula, potentially giving a greater share to development projects.

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Economic development proposal on ballot won’t cost a dime

Editorial Board, TCPalm
Published 11:31 a.m. ET Oct. 2, 2020


A brief look at INEOS’s history in Indian River County.. COLLEEN WIXON/TCPALM

Say a major company wants to build an environmentally friendly $100 million manufacturing facility in Indian River County, creating 100 jobs with an average salary of $60,000-plus.

There might be some opposition based on the location, product to be made or fact some folks don’t like Big Business or change in general.

Our guess, however, is most people would be pleased to see the county’s economy and tax base expand to provide greater opportunities to local residents.

Indian River County has several tools to attract such businesses, including one voters will be asked to reauthorize in the Nov. 3 election.

Fellsmere also is asking its voters to reauthorize what’s called a tax abatement program. Most counties in our region have one. More than 60 percent of Martin

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Dexter would hold elections to sell city-owned property if ballot proposal passes

DEXTER, MI — If passed, a proposal on Dexter’s ballot would require a direct vote from residents in future elections on whether to lease or sell city-owned property, including equipment like trucks and light poles.

text: Residents will be able to vote on a ballot measure proposing changes to selling and leasing property in Dexter for the November election.

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Residents will be able to vote on a ballot measure proposing changes to selling and leasing property in Dexter for the November election.

Right now, such a vote is only needed if the property is a designated park property, according to officials. The new proposal would amend the Dexter city charter on “restrictions on powers to sell or lease property.”

Two sides have emerged on either side of the issue. On one side is the Dexter Citizens for Responsible Government, which has circulated a petition in favor of the proposal. On the other side is Mayor Shawn Keough and Dexter City Council, which passed a resolution

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Michigan ballot proposals include changes to parks funding, police data rules

In addition to casting votes for the presidency and a slew of federal, state and local offices, Michigan voters will be deciding the fate of two statewide proposals sent to the ballot by the state legislature.

Both Proposal 1 and Proposal 2 would change Michigan’s Constitution — one would change how Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund works to allow for more flexibility on funding state and local park projects, and the other would define electronic data as private property, meaning state and local law enforcement would need a warrant before searching a person’s emails or phone records.

Lawmakers already voted these measures out of both chambers, but any changes to the Michigan Constitution must also be approved by voters.

Read on to learn more about both measures and what their passage would mean for the state.

Proposal 1

The ballot language:

“A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil

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Family-friendly proposals set for mixed results at ballot box

Supporters say a ten-day paid paternity leave would move Switzerland towards greater gender equality and help parents achieve a better work-life balance. © Keystone / Gaetan Bally

Swiss voters on Sunday will decide whether to approve two weeks’ statutory paternity leave and more generous tax deductions for families with children. Although both proposals aim to help working parents, only one of them is predicted to win over voters.

This content was published on September 25, 2020 – 15:00

Paternity leave

A “yes” vote to the

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Ohio judge blows up GOP plan to allow only 1 ballot box in each county

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A directive that restricted Ohio counties to one ballot drop box in November was arbitrary and unreasonable, a county judge ruled Tuesday, delivering the Republican secretary of state in the presidential battleground another in a series of blows to his policies.

The office of Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he would soon appeal the decision by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye, assuming the judge follows through and invalidates the secretary’s drop-box order.

For now, Frye’s ruling doesn’t change anything, LaRose spokesperson Maggie Sheehan said in a written statement, “and the Secretary’s directive remains in place.”

Access to ballot drop boxes has become an urgent matter nationally, with in-person voting options restricted by the coronavirus pandemic and the efficiency and security of mail-in voting questioned amid cutbacks at the U.S. Postal Service.

It is often the largely Democratic urban counties — such as Cuyahoga, home

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DTE, business groups back ballot proposal to direct mining royalties to state parks

DTE Energy has joined a coalition of business, outdoor recreation and environmental advocates in supporting a proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot to ensure royalties from oil and gas exploration in Michigan go into the state’s trust fund for preserving natural resources.

The ballot proposal, combined with three new laws tied to its passage, would broaden the use of royalties that gas and oil mining companies pay the state for extracting minerals on state-owned land and earmark them for improving state recreational land and parks.

The proposed constitutional amendment would lift a $500 million cap on Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and create a $800 million cap for the Michigan State Parks Endowment Fund, which has about $300 million in funds earmarked for capital improvements at state parks.

Under the proposal, once the State Parks Endowment Fund is fully funded, all new royalties from gas and oil exploration on state-owned

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