Michigan voters who want absentee ballots can now request ballots online with no need to print and return applications by mail. Photos via Shutterstock.
Michigan voters who want absentee ballots can now request ballots online with no need to print and return applications by mail. Photos via Shutterstock.

Printing and mailing applications is so 2019. Online applications are available in a snap for Michiganders.

MICHIGAN — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is showing the country how to run a safe and accessible election during a pandemic.

“I want to give you the certainty and the clarity that our elections will be safe, secure, accessible, and on schedule,” Benson said in a recorded address posted to her social media accounts. 

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In elections before the coronavirus pandemic, Michiganders printed absentee ballot applications from the state’s website, filled them in by hand, and returned them by mail. The state would mail an absentee ballot to the applicant for the upcoming election.

Now Michiganders can request their absentee ballots online at Michigan.gov/vote. The move will allow thousands of Michigan voters to stay home to reduce the spread of the coronavirus as infection rates rise across the state once again.

Online applicants will need their Michigan driver’s license or state ID to request a ballot. Both the August primary and November general election ballots can be requested online. Ballots can be returned by mail or to voters’ local clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.  

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Accessible online applications are also available for disabled Michiganders. These applications do not require driver’s license or state ID numbers. Instead, applicants can provide either number or the last four digits of their social security number.

A record-breaking 1.6 million Michiganders have already requested absentee ballots, according to a statement from Secretary of State Benson’s office, and over 300,000 people have returned their completed absentee ballots.

Early voting is also available for registered voters now through Election Day at local county clerks’ offices. On Election Day, voters who decide to vote in person must do so at their assigned polling place.

Visit Michigan.gov/vote to request your absentee ballot. Accessible applications are available here.

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