GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- At least four West Michigan counties will be holding city and township elections on August 6 -- and Monday, July 8, is the deadline to register to vote in that election.
The primary election is important because it narrows down and -- in some case -- decides which candidates will be making decisions in your community.
In Kent County alone, Cedar Springs, Grandville, Kentwood, Grand Rapids and Wyoming will be holding primaries for city offices.
In Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Wyoming, if someone receives one vote more than 50%, the candidate will be elected to the office -- and will not have to run in the November general election.
"If you're a resident of these cities, these positions make the decisions," says Susan deSteiguer, election director for the Kent County clerk's office. "We're a home-rule state, and your local government is making the decisions on what impacts your neighborhood and your city. It's very important to vote for these officials."
There are also millage proposals in Kent County's Cascade Township, and other city races and proposals in Allegan, Oceana and Mason counties.
If you are not already registered to vote, you can go to the office of your county clerk, your city or township clerk, or a secretary of state branch location -- or you can mail your registration, but it must be postmarked July 8.
To register you must be 18 years old by Election Day, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Michigan and of the city or township in which you are registering.