Clerk's Office

Linda Kerr

Texas Township Clerk

 

Clerk Linda Kerr was the first full-time township employee hired in 1996 and in November of 1996, was elected as Clerk, in which capacity she has served for twenty years now. Linda has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Western Michigan University and a Masters of Public Administration from WMU. She is a Certified Municipal Clerk, Master Citizen Planner, and an Assessor. In addition, Linda serves on the following committees: 

  • Planning Commission
  • Election Commission
  • Farmers’ Market Committee
  • Parks & Trails Committee
  • Groundwater Guardian

Contact Linda

Voter Registration & Election Coordination

The Clerk oversees the entire election process, from registering new voters, adding qualifying individuals to the Permanent Absentee Voter list, mailing absentee voter ballots, and managing the precinct locations on Election Day. 

Records Management

The township has a large amount of official records that need to be stored per the State’s record retention policy. The Clerk oversees all records, retention dates, and the management of all electronic records. 

Cemetery Information & Burial Arrangements

Texas Township has two cemeteries: Hope Cemetery and Virgo Cemetery. To learn more about the cemeteries, purchase plots, or obtain burial rates, please click here. The Clerk can assist you with selecting and purchasing a plot and will be responsible for coordinating burials when the time arrives. 

Accounting

All payroll and accounts payable are managed by the Clerk, who is the acting CFO. This includes processing and filing all invoices, paying vendors, and overseeing escrow accounts for the Building/Zoning Departments. 

FOIA Requests

All Public Records (FOIA) Requests are handled by the Clerk’s Office. If you’d like to submit a FOIA request, please click here. 

Meeting Minutes

The Clerk is the recording secretary for the Township Board meetings and is responsible for maintaining the meeting minutes for all committees within accordance to the Open Meetings Act. 

View Upcoming Election Information

2016 Election Information

Meet The Staff

Brooke Hovenkamp
Deputy Clerk

Brooke Hovenkamp serves as the Deputy Clerk and assists the Clerk with record management, coordinating elections, overseeing Township communication, and more.

Township Clerk FAQ

When may I register to vote?

At any time, however, you must be registered at least 30 days before an election in order to vote in that election.

Where can I register to vote?

You can register at any of the 178 Secretary of State Offices, the Township Clerk’s Office, the County Clerk’s Office, and other state offices.

You may also register to vote by mail. However, individuals who register to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election following their registration unless they are 60 years of age or older or have a recognized permanent disability.

Can I vote by absentee ballot?

If you are a registered voter, you may obtain an absent voter ballot if:

•You are 60 years of age or older
•You expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered to vote for the entire time the polls are open on election day
•You are unable to go to the polls and vote without the assistance of another person.
•You cannot attend the polls because of your religious beliefs
•You have been appointed as an election inspector in a precinct other than the one in which you reside.
•You are confined in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.

May I pick up an absentee ballot for my spouse?

No. Election law allows for only the registered voter to obtain a ballot. However, you may pick up an application for an absentee ballot for your spouse and you can deliver a voted ballot of any member of your immediate family or any a member of your household.

I have power of attorney for my spouse, can I pick up an absentee ballot for him/her?

No. Election law specifically states that power of attorney does not apply for voting purposes.

How can I vote absentee in every election?

A voter may ask to be on the permanent absent voter list if they are over the age of 60 or permanently disabled.

I'm on the permanent absentee voter list, why didn't I receive a ballot?

Being on the permanent list does not guarantee a ballot for every election. Rather, it means that you will automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot. The application must be completed and returned to the Clerk’s Office prior to receiving a ballot.

Do you have any cemetery plots available?

Yes, we have plots available in both Hope and Virgo Cemetery. Please visit the Township Hall to learn more about which plots are available.

How do I purchase a cemetery plot?

We recommend you make an appointment with our Clerk, who will provide you with a detailed map of available plots. You can then go to the cemetery to look at available spaces. Once you’ve made a selection, the Clerk will help finalize the process, complete the paperwork and process your payment.

What does the cost cover?

The cost covers the rights to the burial plot and the perpetual care and maintenance of our cemeteries. Please note that additional fees apply for grave openings.