Voters Voting Early in Michigan

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

So far, more than 800,000 Michigan voters have already returned their absentee ballots.

"That's certainly an indication of the interest in this election on Tuesday," said Fred Woodhams, spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State.

Some clerks added staff to make sure things run smoothly.

"We've got a lot of election workers scheduled to be in the precincts so we're able to handle the turnout and to do some extra things to help make the process easier during the day," said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope.

It's also been a busy week for clerks with many voters walking in to request or turn in absentee ballots. Senator Debbie Stabenow turned in her absentee ballot at the Delta Township Clerk's Office on Friday.

"I think it's really terrific that clerks across Michigan are making sure their doors are open to people who need to vote in person absentee, who may be out of town," said Sen. Stabenow, D-Michigan.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot from their local clerk if they are:
- 60 years old or older
- Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- Out of town on election day
- In jail waiting arraignment or trial
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- Working as an election inspector outside of their precinct

"I'm encouraging everyone regardless of what kind of vote they cast to get out and do that either on Tuesday or to do it in person at the clerk's office if they are qualified as an absentee voter," said Sen. Stabenow.

Saturday is the last day to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you. Ballots must be received by the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.


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