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Traverse City Clerk “Amped” For Election Day, Expects Less In-Person Voters

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The polls are set to open and local clerks are getting prepared for another big Election Day in Michigan.

“For us at the city clerk’s office here in Traverse City we’re just amped we get to power democracy,” Traverse City Clerk Benjamin Marentette states.

Due to a record number of early voters for a midterm election, Marentette says he doesn’t expect to see as many people voting in-person this year.

“We’ve issued twice the number of absentee ballots then we did in the 2018 midterm elections. We’re seeing a real robust amount of absentee voting and that’s fantastic,” Marentette claims.

People still needing to cast their absentee ballot can still do that at their local clerks office until 8 p.m. on election day. You can to track your absentee ballot. 

If you have yet to register to vote, you can still do that too. Bring a valid government issued photo I.D. with your current address to your local clerks office.

“Folks voting on Election Day, if you want to avoid lines I would avoid 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. timeframe, lunchtime and then the 5 to 6 p.m. We’ll accommodate everyone, but those are just the busier times,” Marentette explains.

And although they expect the polls to not be as busy on Election Day they hope those who do vote in person treat poll workers with respect and show their appreciation.

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