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Michigan Absentee Voting Soars

With a week remaining before election day, Michigan continues on a record-setting pace for absentee voting…

“As of Friday, 3.1 million Michigan citizens had requested to vote absentee, which is three times the number of those who voted absentee in 2016.”

On Monday’s Morning Coffee program on KBear 102.3, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson explained that you can still cast an early ballot. You start by contacting your township or city clerk…

“Our county clerks produce the ballots. They do a lot of work, but they do not actually manage the voting process. That happens at the local level, so you get your ballot and you return your ballot to your local clerk. You can get the location of your local clerk’s office by entering your voter information at Michigan.gov/vote.”

You can arrange to pick up a ballot and return it later. You can also receive your ballot, fill it out, and turn it in in the same visit. If you’re not registered to vote, you can take care of that, too – right up until the polls close on election day.

Benson said we’re too close to election day to rely on postal delivery anymore…

“I would not recommend that you mail your ballot at this point, and also, I don’t recommend that anyone request to have a ballot mailed to them. If you want to vote absentee, go to your local clerk’s office to pick up a ballot, and if you already have a ballot, you can return it either at your local clerk’s office, or through your local drop box. As long as it’s in one of those two places by 8:00 pm on election day, it will count.”

You can get answers about the voting process, see a sample ballot, and track your absentee ballot here.

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