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The 2020 Election: A Guide

This year’s election is looking a little different than in years past. How do you cast your vote when you’re worried about Coronavirus? 

Are you registered to vote? 

Michigan residents can visit the Michigan Voter Information Center’s website to see whether they’re already registered to vote. If you’re not, it’s easy to sign up. You can sign up for your absentee ballot the same day you register to vote!  

Voting by absentee ballot 

Michigan residents can vote by mail without having to give an explanation. There are two ways to get an absentee ballot: requesting one online or download an application and send it to your city clerk’s office. All absentee ballots are due to your city clerk’s office by 5:00pm the Friday before an election. In order to accomplish this: 

Click here to fill out a form online and download it (you can check a box to automatically get an absentee ballot application before each election) 

Click here to print an application (available in Spanish and large print) 

Click here for a flyer with more information 

Note: Due to increased demand, send your absentee ballot back as soon as you can to avoid overwhelming the system (1-2 weeks ahead is best). You will need TWO stamps when sending back the ballot. 

Voting in person 

In order to vote in person, you’ll need to find your local polling place and visit on election day between the hours of 7:00am – 8:00pm. While waiting for your turn to vote, be sure to wear a mask and stay as far away from others in line as possible. If you can, bring a form of ID with you (accepted forms of ID). If you can’t bring an ID or forget, you CAN vote, but you have to sign a document stating that you did not bring identification.  

Update: Here’s a great article from Lifehacker about steps to take to make sure your absentee ballot is accepted

Take part in your civic duty and stay safe!  

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