In an age of mail delays, many Michiganders say they want to drop their ballots off by hand. Here’s how to find the nearest drop-off locations by county.
MICHIGAN — The 2020 general election is around the corner and ballots are ready to be requested in Michigan. Absentee voting has become the new norm in the state with local voters shattering records with mail-in voting for the August primary.
A recent poll shows 56% of Michiganders plan to vote by mail in the upcoming election.
Still, some 10,000 Michigan ballots didn’t get counted in the primary because they arrived too late. Many locals told The ‘Gander they prefer to take the ballot they received by mail and drop it off personally once it’s filled out.
That’s even more crucial as a crisis unfolds with the United States Post Office ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day.
Michigan has 700 drop off locations to get your ballot in safely and we’ve got the entire list so you can find the one closest to you.
Remember, ballots can only be dropped off in the jurisdiction in which you’re registered.
Check out the list below, provided by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office. Locations are organized alphabetically by county.
The Rise in Mail-In Ballots
Absentee and vote-by-mail options became more popular when the coronavirus pandemic threatened public health and safety. Their efficiency and efficacy have been compromised by recent controversial policy changes within the U.S. Postal Service.
Ballot drop off locations are alternatives for Michiganders who are still in the state but want to avoid crowds and slow mail deliveries. Michiganders who are registered to vote locally but currently residing out of state are encouraged to return ballots by mail as soon as possible.
Benson’s office recently announced a $5.5 million investment to help Michiganders vote safely and frome home. Plans include using $2 million to reimburse jurisdictions that pay postage on ballot return envelopes for their registered voters, $1.5 million to jurisdictions that order ballot envelopes redesigned to USPS standards to be most effectively and efficiently processed through the mail, and $1 million for jurisdictions to buy ballot drop boxes, automatic letter openers, and other equipment. The remaining funds are earmarked as matching funds for jurisdictions to buy ballot counting machines, including high-speed scanners.
“This comprehensive investment — including our mailing of information to voters on how to request to vote by mail, funding return postage for ballots, purchasing more supplies for clerks to process mailed-in ballots and installing more drop boxes throughout the state — will ensure that all voters know how to safely, easily, and freely exercise their right to vote from home,” Benson said in a statement. “The only missing piece is action from state lawmakers, who need to do their part to support our elections, clerks and voters.”