What to Expect When Voting Absentee, In-Person in Michigan Primary Election

“Whether they vote in person or in the mail, our elections are secure, their vote will be safe, and their ballot will be counted.”

We are less than a week away from Michigan’s Primary Election Day.

With the risk of the coronavirus, nearly 2 million people have decided to vote absentee.  Over 1 million of them, haven’t sent their ballot back yet.

“We been really busy with getting absentee ballots back,”  said Bear Creek Township Clerk Emma Kendziorski.

Kendziorski is gearing up for next week’s primary election.

“Patience will be key, you can expect a little bit of a longer wait just because everyone has to be spaced out,” Kendziorski said.

“We’re ready, we’re ready to go,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Benson, the state’s chief election officer, says this election is already a historic one.

“Close to 2 million voters have requested to vote by mail in next week’s primary,” Benson said.  “That’s nearly double the amount of absentee ballots ever processed in any election in our state’s history.”

She says because of that increase, along with the current laws surrounding absentee ballots in the state, it may take longer to see results.

“That space creates a lot of opportunity for bad actors to sow seeds of doubt about the integrity of the process,” Benson said. “Whether they vote in person or in the mail, our elections are secure, their vote will be safe, and their ballot will be counted.”

Over 1 million absentee ballots haven’t been returned yet, so close to Election Day, Benson suggests avoiding mailing it in.

“We want to ensure that everyone who wants to vote in this primary,” Benson said. “At this point we encourage people to use the drop boxes.”

Many jurisdictions have a drop box,  so once your absentee ballot is filled out, signed and completed just you can take it and drop it right on in.

“If you are comfortable voting absentee please try to do so, if you want to come in, you’re more than welcome to,” Kendziorski said.

If you decide on the latter, you can expect to see changes like election workers in personal protective equipment  and voting booths six feet apart.

“We’re encouraging you to wear a mask and be patient with us as we adjust to the new procedures as well,” Kendziorski said.

To find the drop box in your jurisdiction, click here.

If your jurisdiction does not have a drop box listed, contact your local clerk..

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