Nearly 2 million absentee ballots have been issued in Michigan ahead of the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has advice for ‘Ganders voting absentee as she sets the stage in the state for pandemic-era polling across the nation this historical election season. (Photo via the Office of the Governor)
Nearly 2 million absentee ballots have been issued in Michigan ahead of the primary election on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has advice for ‘Ganders voting absentee as she sets the stage in the state for pandemic-era polling across the nation this historical election season. (Photo via the Office of the Governor)

Take your absentee ballot to your local clerk or drop box instead of sending it through the mail, advises Secretary Benson.

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s top election official is advising people voting via absentee ballot to return it to their local clerk’s office or drop box ahead of the Aug. 4 statewide primary.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson gave the guidance Tuesday, a week before the election. A ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Night to be counted.

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Voters can return their ballot to the drop box in their city or township. A list can be found online

Benson also said all absentee ballot requests should be made in person at the clerk’s office. 

Voters should prepare to both request and vote their ballot in the same visit, due to the possibility of postal delays. 

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Nearly 2 million absentee ballots had been issued as of Tuesday, 3.6 times the 546,000 that were issued at the same point in 2016. About 903,000 had been returned, a nearly threefold increase from four years ago. 

Absentee voting is on the rise following the approval of no-reason absentee voting in 2018 and is being emphasized as a safer option than in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.