2023 Election Cycle

City of Marquette

May Special Election

May 2, 2023

This special election has been called by the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA); the ballot will contain a proposal to increase the levy by the intermediate school district of special education millage previously approved by the electors.

Primary Election

August 8, 2023

Under the provisions of the City Charter, a primary for local office will be held only if candidates file numbering more than twice the open seats. The 2023 August Primary ballot may also contain other items, including primary contests for several state-level offices.

Presidential Election

November 7, 2023

The November 2023 election will determine who holds each of three seats on the Marquette City Commission, as well as two seats on the Marquette Board of Light and Power. All seats are for three-year terms.

Under Michigan law, candidates for these local offices must complete and file nominating petitions with the City Clerk by 4 p.m. on April 25.

Candidate Filing Information

Those looking to file as 2023 candidates for the Marquette City Commission or the Marquette Board of Light and Power can pick up a packet of information and required forms at the City Clerk's Office, located in Marquette City Hall, at 300 West Baraga Avenue.

Under state law, 2023 candidates must file completed paperwork with the City Clerk no later than 4 p.m. on April 25, 2023. Per Marquette City Charter [(4-6(a)], candidates must submit either a qualifying nominating petition that includes the signatures of at least 25 registered electors of the city or a $100 nonrefundable filing fee.

Full eligibility requirements for city elective office can be found in Section 6-1 of the City Charter, online here.

Polling Locations

City of Marquette polling places for this election cycle are as follows:

Precincts 1, 2 and 3: Baraga Gym At City Hall
Precincts 5, 6 & 7: YMCA of Marquette County

Polling Times

MCL 168.720 Section 720: On the day of any election, the polls shall be opened at 7 o'clock in the forenoon, and shall be continuously open until 8 o'clock in the afternoon and no longer. Every qualified elector present and in line at the polls at the hour prescribed for the closing thereof shall be allowed to vote

Election Background Information

The City of Marquette, in accordance with the City Charter and State Law, conducts elections annually to determine who City Commissioners and members of the Board of Light and Power will be. There are seven members of the City Commission and there are five members of the Board of Light and Power.