Polls Now Open In Michigan's Presidential Primary

By: Caroline Vandergriff Email
By: Caroline Vandergriff Email

The focus is on Michigan voters today, as they head to the polls in today's presidential primary. One big misconception is only Republicans can vote today.

Every registered voter in Michigan has the right to cast their ballot today, regardless if they are a registered Republican or Democrat. The election is a "closed primary," which means voters do have to first indicate, in writing, which party's primary they want to vote in before they receive that party's ballot. The ballot you choose for today's presidential primary, Republican or Democrat, doesn't mean you have to vote in the same party's primary for future elections.

Aside from the presidential primary today, there are local elections all over the state. If you only want to vote in those local elections, you can ask for a ballot that doesn't include any presidential candidates.
A few reminders before you head out to vote today --- Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

All Michigan voters are required to bring a photo ID to the polls, so make sure to bring a driver's license or ID card. If you don't have a photo ID, you can still vote, but you may have to sign a brief affidavit confirming your identity.

If you lost your voter registration card,, don't worry - you don't have to present it to vote. But if you can show your voter registration card to CATA, you can get a free ride to the polls today.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson urges all Michigan citizens to vote today. For more information on your voter registration status, closest polling place, and the issues that will appear on your local ballot, you can check out the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote - or click on WILX's Hot Button.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:42 AM
    Also, you have some general election items.
  • by JD Location: Lansing on Feb 28, 2012 at 05:48 AM
    Problems at the voting place. I was 9th voter arriving at 7:05 and left at 7:21. First, it took way too long to scan DL and get approved. Second there is truly no privacy on party selection at two places: when you have to fill in the oval and when you get your ballot. EVERYONE can see what ballot you get. All of this is VERY wrong.
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      by Ryan on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:03 PM in reply to JD
      Yeah, the driver's license scanner was really slow at my polling place, too. I had to scan mine 3 times and the worker was going to enter it by hand and as he started it finally came up on his computer from the scanner. As to the problem of which ballot you want, there really isn't much reason to get a Democratic ballot today anyway.
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