Many michiganders are voting early. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) Vote by mail
Many michiganders are voting early. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

From Detroit to Saginaw, the UP and beyond. Here are the important things to know about early voting in the Mitten State.

MICHIGAN — In metro Detroit, and all throughout Michigan, residents are interested in early voting and showing up making their voices heard. Polls show Michiganders are planning for early voting now.

Several reasons could be behind this, including ease and convenience. Also, long lines are par for the course on current election days (remember Georgia’s primary election in June?), so early voters are able to safely avoid crowds while still taking part in the Democratic process. 

Early voting also allows for time to handle any issues that arise, such as not knowing where to vote or receiving false voting information.   

Here are Michiganders’ early voting questions: Answered. 

When Is Early Voting Available in Michigan? 

Michigan registered voters can return absentee ballots in person or by mail beginning Sept. 21. Ballots can be returned to your local clerk’s office as late as Monday, Nov. 2. 

Remember, all absentee ballots must be returned to your assigned polling place on Election Day, whether you plan to vote traditionally in-person or not.

What Are the Important Things to Know About Early Voting in Michigan? 

  1. Your vote counts.
  2. Michigan election officials are working to keep our elections fair, safe, and secure.
  3. No ID, no problem! You can still cast your ballot in Michigan.
  4. Mailed ballots can be tracked here.
  5. Voter intimidation and suspected election fraud can be reported here.

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What is Early Voting? 

There are two types of early voting: in-person early voting and in-person absentee voting. 

Generally, this is a convenient option for registered voters who have reasons that would prohibit them from voting on election day, who don’t want to mail in their ballot, or who simply want to avoid potentially long voting lines.  

Why Should I Vote Early? What Are the Advantages to Early Voting?  

As the Covid-19 pandemic rages on, countless Americans are looking to safer voting options than in-person election-day polls for November’s 2020 presidential election. Early voting, alongside absentee voting and vote-by-mail, is one option that allows registered voters more freedom in the voting process. The percentage of Americans utilizing early voting alternatives has been increasing with each presidential election, accounting for reportedly 41 percent of total votes in the 2016 presidential election. 

What Other States Offer Early Voting? 

Early voting rules vary by state, so be sure to visit your state’s election office website for specific information. Currently, 39 states plus the District of Columbia allow for some form of early voting. The nine states that don’t offer pre-Election Day in-person voting options include Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina. Virginia and Delaware have enacted early voting, but it won’t go into effect until 2020 and 2022, respectively.  

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