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now an option for all eligible registered voters Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now vote by absent voter ballot. You are still required to submit an application to request an absent voter ballot, but it is no longer required to provide a reason. To automatically be sent an application for an absent YRWHU EDOORW HDFK WLPH DQ HOHFWLRQ ZLOO EH KHOG LQ 6SULQJÀHOG Township, contact the clerk’s office to be added to the Permanent Absent Voter List.

Clerk’s Office Springfield Township Civic Center 12000 Davisburg Road ʄ 'DYLVEXUJ 0, Phone: Fax: Email: FOHUN#VSULQJÀHOG WZS XV

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A B S E N T E E VO T I N G • On the day prior to an election you can be issued an absent YRWHU EDOORW XS WR SP KRZHYHU WKH EDOORW ZLOO QHHG WR EH YRWHG LQ SHUVRQ DW WKH FOHUN¡V RIĂ€FH DQG UHWXUQHG • <RX KDYH XQWLO SP RQ HOHFWLRQ GD\ WR FRPSOHWH WKH EDOORW DQG UHWXUQ LW WR WKH FOHUN¡V RIĂ€FH 2QO\ \RX D IDPLO\ PHPEHU RU person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election RIĂ€FLDO LV DXWKRUL]HG WR GHOLYHU \RXU VLJQHG DEVHQW YRWHU EDOORW WR WKH FOHUN¡V RIĂ€FH ,I \RX UHWXUQ \RXU EDOORW DIWHU RIĂ€FH KRXUV \RX FDQ SODFH \RXU EDOORW LQ WKH VHFXUH GURS ER[ ORFDWHG DW WKH HQWUDQFH WR WKH 7RZQVKLS 2IĂ€FHV ORZHU OHYHO RI WKH &LYLF &HQWHU • Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the UHWXUQ HQYHORSH DQG LW PDWFKHV \RXU VLJQDWXUH RQ Ă€OH ,I \RX received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. • All valid absent voter ballots are tabulated on Election Day by DQ $EVHQW 9RWHU &RXQWLQJ %RDUG

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Upcoming Elections 2019 Special Election – November 5, 2019 2DNODQG &RPPXQLW\ &ROOHJH Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

2020 Presidential Primary – March 10, 2020 3ULPDU\ (OHFWLRQ³$XJXVW General Election—November 3, 2020

NATURAL RESOURCES UPDATES 86 )LVK DQG :LOGOLIH 6HUYLFH DZDUGV JUDQWV WR 6SULQJĂ€HOG 7RZQVKLS 6SULQJĂ€HOG 7RZQVKLS¡V GHFDGHV RI SODQQLQJ DQG UHVRXUFH stewardship have helped to conserve high quality lands and waters that are home to rare plants and animals and provides abundant recreational opportunities for Township residents. However, our wildlife habitat and recreational assets require ongoing care to maintain their high quality and functionality. Where possible, Township Staff actively seek out and apply for grant funding from local, state and federal sources to help offset the cost of habitat management and land acquisition. Our recent participation in conservation partnerships and supporting research opportunities on township lands have been particularly fruitful by allowing us to tap into federal grant opportunities. As a result, we will be able to do more and better FRQVHUYDWLRQ LQ WKH FRPLQJ \HDUV ZKLFK ZLOO EHQHĂ€W WKH SHRSOH and nature of our Township. We are pleased to announce the IROORZLQJ UHFHQWO\ FRPSOHWHG DQG RQJRLQJ SURMHFWV

6KLDZDVVHH %DVLQ 3UHVHUYH 7KLV \HDU JUDQW SURMHFW ZLOO KHOS pay for the cost of staff, contractors, equipment and supplies necessary to restore habitat for rare animals and plants. 7KH IXQGLQJ FRPHV IURP WKH *UHDW /DNHV )LVK DQG :LOGOLIH 5HVWRUDWLRQ $FW */):5$ ZKLFK LV D JUDQW SURJUDP WR UHVWRUH VXVWDLQDEOH SRSXODWLRQV RI ÀVK DQG ZLOGOLIH UHVRXUFHV DQG WKHLU KDELWDWV LQ WKH *UHDW /DNHV %DVLQ

Springfield Township Land Acquisition for Poweshiek Skipperling – $101,500

Restoring Headwater Wetlands in Springfield Township to Benefit Poweshiek Skipperling and Massasauga Rattlesnake – $153,192

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We sincerely thank our funders for these opportunities!

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Conservation Tours 2019 $UH \RX LQWHUHVWHG LQ OHDUQLQJ PRUH DERXW WKH QDWXUDO KHULWDJH RI 6SULQJĂ€HOG 7RZQVKLS" $WWHQG RQH RI RXU XSFRPLQJ )5(( FRQVHUYDWLRQ ZRUNVKRSV Please RSVP with Mike Losey at (248) 846-6508 or mlosey@springfield-twp.us for more details.

Exploring the Long Lake Natural Area Saturday, August 24, 10am 7RXU WKH ZLOGHU SDUW RI WKH 6KLDZDVVHH %DVLQ Preserve with Township Staff and learn about rare plants, wildlife, unique habitats and the VWHSV 6SULQJÀHOG 7RZQVKLS LV WDNLQJ WR SUHVHUYH natural resources. Participant should bring sturdy KLNLQJ ERRWV SUHIHUDEO\ ZDWHUSURRI ZLWK VXIÀFLHQW DQNOH SURWHFWLRQ DQG support to guard against cut stumps and uneven terrain. Also, insect repellant clothing or spray, sunscreen and a water bottle are advised. 7KLV ÀHOG WRXU LV UDWHG DV PHGLXP GLIÀFXOW\ GXH WR DQWLFLSDWHG OHQJWK RI KLNLQJ ORRS PLOHV YDU\LQJ WHUUDLQ DQG SRWHQWLDOO\ XQHYHQ IRRWLQJ in the prairie fen. Meet at the North Shiawassee Trail Head located at 8757 Eaton Road.

Birding at the Shiawassee Basin Preserve and Davis Lake Overlook Saturday, September 14, 8–10am Saturday, September 28, 8–10am -RLQ 'U 3HWHU %ODQN HFRORJLVW DQG OLIH ORQJ ELUGHU IRU D ELUG LGHQWLÀFDWLRQ ZDON KHOG MRLQWO\ E\ WKH 1RUWK 2DNODQG +HDGZDWHUV /DQG &RQVHUYDQF\ DQG WKH 6SULQJÀHOG 7RZQVKLS 'HSDUWPHQW RI 1DWXUDO 5HVRXUFHV )DOO ELUG migration is in full swing in September and we’ll be looking for migrating ZDUEOHUV WDQDJHUV à \FDWFKHUV WKUXVKHV YLUHRV DQG PRUH %LUGHUV RI DOO DELOLW\ OHYHOV DUH ZHOFRPH %ULQJ ELQRFXODUV LQVHFW UHSHOOHQW DQG ZHDU shoes for walking on woodland trails. Meet at the Davis Lake Overlook parking lot at 8371 Eaton Road in Davisburg.

Exploring the Davis Lake Overlook Saturday, October 19, 11am Join us for an invigorating hike through the 'DYLV /DNH 2YHUORRN SURSHUW\ H[SORULQJ WKH woods and wetlands using our convenient trail network. This 1 mile hike is suitable for the whole family but keep in mind these are rustic, XQSDYHG WUDLOV VR H[SHFW VRPH KLOOV DQG XQHYHQ ground. Meet at 8371 Eaton Rd.

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