The Township Clerk is elected every four (4) years. The Clerk 's responsibilities are largely set by state statute and include (but are not limited to): Election Administration, Freedom of Information Coordinator, serves as an officer and voting member of the Township Board, keeper of all official Township records, prepares minutes for the Township Board, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings, updates to the Code of Ordinances and Zoning Code Books.
The Clerk is the Freedom of Information Coordinator. The Freedom of Information Act sets requirements for the disclosure of public records by all "public bodies" in the state. In general, all records, except those specifically cited as exceptions, are covered by the Freedom of Information Act.
The Clerk's office maintains official Township Cemetery records. Assistance for the purchase of grave sites, burial service, monument placements and maintenance of our cemeteries is provided through the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Meridian Township Clerks Office provides notary services for residents at no charge.
Any citizen who wants to examine, read or review a public document may do so by initiating a FOIA Request for Public Records. There are several ways to do this:
• Complete a Meridian Township FOIA Request for Public Records and submit the form to the Township.
• Write your request and submit via a letter or fax, and reference FOIA on the envelope or on the fax cover page. *Using the Township’s form is optional.
• Send an email and reference FOIA in the email subject line.
The Meridian Township FOIA Procedures and Guidelines have detailed instructions on all aspects of submitting a FOIA Request for Public Records as well as explaining how to understand the Township’s written responses, deposit requirements, fee calculations, and avenues for challenges and appeals. There is also a Summary of FOIA Procedures and Guidelines available which highlights key information.
If any citizen has questions regarding FOIA and accessing public records, please contact:
Meridian Township’s FOIA Coordinator:
Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus
What is a FOIA Request?
In 1976, Michigan adopted the “Sunshine Laws,” which were intended to open up all aspects of government to its citizens, literally shining light in the dark recesses of government operations and policy-making. Two major legislative acts comprised these sunshine laws: The Open Meetings Act, which requires government officials and public bodies to conduct meetings in public, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which allows citizens access to public records.
As stated in the Meridian Township Preamble to the Township’s FOIA Procedures and Guidelines:
“It is the policy of Meridian Township that all persons, consistent with the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees. The people shall be informed so that they fully participate in the democratic process.
The Township’s policy with respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State law in all respects and to respond to FOIA requests in a consistent, fair, and even-handed manner regardless of who makes such a request.”
For Information regarding election results and campaign finance information Visit the Ingham County Clerk website.
Can I register to vote by mail?
Yes. Individuals, less than 65 years of age, who register by mail, must vote “in person” the first election in which they vote. If you use the State of Michigan Mail-in Voter Registration form, please follow the instructions, specifically those for First Time Michigan Voters.
Does the address on my Michigan voter registration application have to match my driver's license?
Yes. If the residence address you provide on the Voter Registration Application does not match your driver license or personal identification card, the Secretary of State will automatically change your Driver’s License to match your Voter Registration Application. If such a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you a change of address sticker to place on the back of your License/ID.
Do I need a picture ID to vote at the polls?
Yes. Starting November 6, 2007, every Michigan voter must provide picture identification or sign an affidavit attesting that you are not in possession of picture ID. A ballot cannot be issued to a voter if picture identification is not shown or the affidavit is not signed.
Do I need to re-register to vote before each election?
No. Voter Registration in Michigan is permanent as long as you reside at the address at which you registered. If you move within Meridian Township, you must notify the Township Clerk’s Office of your move within 60 days.
If you move out of Meridian Township, you must re-register in your new community.
When can I register to vote?
You may register to vote at any time. You must be registered to vote 30 days prior to an upcoming election to
be eligible to vote in that election.
Where do I register to vote?
You may register to vote at the following locations:
Meridian Township residents may register at the Township Clerk’s Office: 5151 Marsh Road, Okemos
Any Secretary of State Branch Office
Ingham County Clerk’s Office
Any Family Independence Agency Office
Specified government agencies including the Ingham County Health
Department or Michigan Employment Security Commission