Bay Mills Indian Community 2017 Election Information



The Bay Mills Indian Community Election will be held on November 1, 2017. If a Primary Election is required, it will be held on October 11, 2017. A candidate for Tribal Offices must submit to the Election Committee at the Tribal Office Building a written notice of such candidacy by the last Wednesday in September, which is September 27, 2017. The Committee will accept no petition after 4 p.m. on that date.

Any member of the Bay Mills Indian Community who is at least 21 years of age is eligible to hold Tribal Offices.

The following Executive Council Positions are up for election: President, Vice-President, Councilman, Treasurer, and Secretary. There are five (5) vacancies on the Conservation Committee that are four (4) year terms. One (1) Chief Judge and one (1) Appellate Judge must also be elected at this time. They must be 25 years of age and be of good moral character. The Election will be held in the Armella B. Parker Building (Bay Mills Senior Center) on the dates listed above.

The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 o’clock a.m. and 8:00 o’clock p.m. Absentee Ballots: Any voter who will not be able to cast his/her ballot in person may request the Election Committee to issue him/her an absentee ballot.

Such requests may be made:

  • In person
  • Email -
  • Fax (906) 248-3283
  • Mail – must be signed by the person requesting the ballot. Please include your mailing address on your request.

The request must be made thirty-six (36) hours before the Election. Reason for requesting absentee ballot must be given, as absentee ballots are for individuals unable to vote in person. Direct your request to the Bay Mills Tribal Office at 12140 W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley, MI 49715 Attn: Election Committee. Please note: Indicate on your request if you will be needing absentee ballots for both the Primary and General Election.

The Committee cannot assume an individual will need an absentee ballot for the General because he/she requested one for the Primary. If there are any questions, please call the Tribal Office for more information. The telephone number is: (906) 248-8100. Ask for Andrea Kinney or Kathi Carrick.

  • Sept. 27: Last date to file for candidacy
  • Sept. 30: Last day to submit a candidate profile**
  • Oct. 11:Primary Election (if necessary)
  • Nov. 1: General Election

**If you are a candidate in the 2017 Bay Mills Indian Community Election, you can submit your candidate profile, to be featured online, by emailing or dropping it at the reception desk at the tribal office. Please include your phone number for verification. Profiles are limited to 500 words and will not be edited. Candidate profiles are a great way to introduce yourself to the community and discuss the seat you are running for. Libelous material will not be published. Profiles will be posted as they are received. All profiles must be received no later than Sept. 30 at midnight. Late submissions will not be considered.