Need To Know: Tuesday's Farmington Public Schools Bond Election

Find links to learn where you vote, see a sample ballot and more.

Voters will decide the fate of a $222 million bond referendum Tuesday. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Voters will decide the fate of a $222 million bond referendum Tuesday. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Tuesday's Farmington Public Schools bond election is a special election, which means there will be nothing else on your ballot but the $222 million bond question. 

Absent voter ballots

A voter eligible to vote by absent voter ballot may also vote in person at the clerk’s office any time up to 4 p.m. the day before the election. All absent voter ballots must be received by the clerk’s office not later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. While the deadline has passed to have an absent voter application mailed, you can pick up one at the clerk's office in your city.  

Ballot question

A copy of the ballot question is posted on the school district, City of Farmington and City of Farmington Hills websites. 

City Clerks

Farmington clerk Sue Halberstadt, 248-474-5500, ext. 2218, and Farmington Hills city clerk Pam Smith, 248-871-2410, oversee elections in their respective communities. Call their offices if you have questions or concerns on election day.



Are you eligible to vote? Here are the requirements for casting a ballot on election day: 

  • Registered with the city at least 30 days prior to the election
  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old 
  • A resident of the city for at least 30 days

Find out whether you're registered to vote on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Polling places

Not sure where you go to vote? Your precinct number and location are on your voter registration card. If you can't find that, here are links to maps that will help:

City of Farmington Polling Places and Precincts Map PDF 

City of Farmington Hills Polling Locations and Detailed Precinct Maps

Polls open

7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voter identification

Be sure to bring some form of picture identification along when you go to vote. The Michigan Secretary of State website has a list of identification accepted at polling places and explains how to vote when you don't have a picture ID.

Russ Averill August 05, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Thank you, Sharon! Now I know who to track down and personally thank for advocating on behalf of the students, staff, and FPS community. If you find additional donors, would you please post their names, too? You obviously have more time on your hands for this than I do. I do sincerely appreciate this part of your on-going rant....
Sue Burstein August 05, 2013 at 10:41 PM
Hey Russ, you had enough time to read and post...that's all it takes to uncover the dirty little games that go on in this district.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Sue, thank you for making a statement without slinging mud. While we might disagree, I appreciate the way you explained yourself. I am voting yes, because I believe that the changes that are being proposed are necessary. I do believe that my wife and I are the main contributing factors in the success of our son. However, when I see pictures of businesses like Google, Apple and others, I think that educational institutions need to change so that students will be able to work in environments like that. I believe that a lot of people are having a very difficult time with the way and the pace that the world is changing. Anyway, thanks for making statements without making it ugly.
Sue Burstein August 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Barry, clearly you have great admiration for "the collective" approach to educational indoctrination. Good for you and your child. I preferred that my kids grew up to be independent thinkers. Able to produce on an individual basis. Proud to be Americans and the ability to be self sufficient without the help of the government or the group. I hope you have enjoyed being a sperm donor, because according to this district you support, you are no longer needed once your child hits the doors of the new buildings they propose. Those buildings will provide all the support your child needs to have educational success. They have determined that their buildings will have have the most impact - more impact than families, attendance, and behavior of your child collectively. Guess I would prefer to have my children in a district that believes parents are the driving force of success. To each his own. It's the American way, at least for those of us who still believe in America.
Barry August 05, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Sue, Wow, do you have a warped view of what I think and the way the district is headed. I believe that the workplace has already driven down the path of collective work. I am not sure where you have been for the past 20-30 or more years, but fewer and fewer positions of authority exist in a bubble. Project manager positions are the norm with groups of anywhere from five to ten people working to solve problems. The schools need to reflect that so that our children are ready. By the way, what is with the pounding of the word America? "Proud to be Americans" and "It's the American way"? Did we suddenly move to another country or are you trying to call me something? Be honest. Call me what you really want to call me, because I will respond as the proud son of an American soldier. I will respond as a proud descendant of an American Civil War, WWI and WWII soldier. I will respond as a Mayflower descendant. I don't think that there is a single survivor of the first winter in Plymouth who wouldn't say that there survival was because of a "collective" effort. I don't think that there is any person ever in the AMERICAN military who will tell you that a fighting force isn't a "collective"! I don't think that there is anyone who was a member of NASA who would say that they weren't part of a "collective"! I don't think that there is anyone who is a member of any fortune 500 company today who will tell you that their success isn't caused by the "collective" efforts of the entire company. You really need to go back to school and check your history. The UNITED States of America is by definition a "collective". Lastly, let's tackle the use of the term "sperm donor". I take offense to you slinging that name at me. I have been and never will be considered a "sperm donor". I am not sure if you read my statement, but I made a point to stress that my wife and I are the most important factors in my son's success. I did not attack you in my previous statement and throw names your way, so don't do it to me. In fact, I supported you and praised you for writing with some class. I guess your classiness has worn off.


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