Voters avoiding Election Day crowds and possible mail delays have another option: early voting, in person.
MICHIGAN—The countdown to Election Day 2020 continues on as Michiganders make their final voting plans and candidate decisions. Many Michigan voters are choosing to cast ballots in person, despite Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office saying that the election will be safe, secure, and fair during the pandemic.
Early and absentee voting has been available in Michigan for years, but special precautions are being taken this year to reduce the number of people gathering to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
There are three ways to vote early in Michigan:
- Request and return your absentee ballot by mail
- Request your ballot by mail and return it to a drop box
- Cast your ballot at your local clerk’s office
Here’s how you can vote early and in person in Michigan:
1. Confirm Your Voter Registration
Visit Michigan’s online Voter Information Center to check your registration status. If you are not registered and the online registration deadline has passed, you may still register to vote at your local clerk’s office.
2. Research Your Ballot
One of the advantages of voting early is being able to take your time and research the candidates and ballot measures before you arrive to vote.
3. Confirm Local Clerk’s Office Address
While you’re at the online Voter Information Center, use it to find your local clerk’s address. This is where Michigan voters can cast ballots in person now through Nov. 2.
4. Show Up!
Once you have all the information you need, the only thing left to do is show up.
When you arrive at your clerk’s office, you will be given an absent voter ballot and a semi-private area cast your vote.
Still Have Questions?
I already requested my ballot in the mail, but it hasn’t arrived. What can I do?
- You may cast your vote in person at your local clerk’s office now through Nov. 2, or vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.
I received my absentee ballot in the mail, but I lost it. Can I still vote?
- Yes! You may cast your vote in person at your local clerk’s office now through Nov. 2, or vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.
I just moved to Michigan, am I eligible to vote here in November?
- You can register to vote as soon as you establish residency in your Michigan home. You are only eligible to vote in Michigan elections once you have lived in your home for at least 30 days.
I arrived to vote, but was turned away. What should I do?
- Check out our guide to handling voter intimidation for more information.