Voters who want to cast ballots early for the Monroe Public Schools' bond proposal election Tuesday can do so today in Frenchtown and Monroe townships and the City of Monroe.

Earlier news report: Monroe schools moving ahead with May 5 bond request

Voters who want to cast ballots early in the Monroe Public Schools’ $59 million bond proposal election Tuesday can do so today in Frenchtown and Monroe townships and the City of Monroe.

All three municipalities will have doors open to allow residents to cast their votes or to pick up or leave off their absentee voter ballots. Voters are encouraged in each community to wear masks to protect themselves and election workers from the spread of the coronavirus.

The school district is asking voters to borrow about $59 million to fund infrastructure updates. It’s estimated the district would levy about 1.5 mills in additional property taxes annually to pay off the bonds over 30 years. The bond proposal is the only issue on the ballot.

Monroe City Clerk Michelle LaVoy said the communities are required to keep at least one precinct open today for in-person voting. The city hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Social distancing measures will be in place to assure the safety of visitors, she said.

“We’re doing everything we can to make it as safe as we can for everyone,” she said Thursday. “We encourage everyone to have a mask on. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone participate.”

Frenchtown voters can cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at the township hall, 2744 Vivian Rd. Visitors should enter through the front door to the east, Clerk Kyle Bryant said.

“We’re all required to have one location open,” Bryant said this week. “We’ll have proper distancing in place. We prefer people vote by absentee for our safety and others’ safety, but we’ll accommodate them however necessary.”

He said the township had already received at least 2,000 requests to vote absentee.

In Monroe Township, voters can vote from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the township hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., or they can pick up an absentee voter ballot and make their choices, Clerk Tina Smith said.

Visitors are asked to enter through the doors on the side of the building. They are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing, she said.

The township hall also will be open from 8:30 to 5 p.m. Monday for voters, she said.

Voting will be available at all three locations for in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Voters also can drop off their absentee ballots.

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