What you should know before the 2022 mid-term elections

In Michigan, nearly 2 million absentee ballots have been requested, and 1.1 million have been returned ahead of the 2022 midterm elections next week.

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If you plan to vote for the absentee, you still have time to request a ballot, return the ballot paper, and even register to vote. Here’s everything you need to know:

How do you vote for absent from Michigan?

To vote for the absentee, ask for a ballot paper, fill out the ballot paper, and make sure it arrives at your city or municipality official by 8 p.m. on election day. More on that below.

Who can ask for an absentee ballot?

All Michigan registered voters, with the exception of incarcerated persons, can vote for absentees.

You don’t have to give a reason.

Wondering what’s on your ballot paper? Here’s how to see a sample ballot paper.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, or by visiting the office of a city or municipality clerk. However, as the November 8 elections are approaching, we advise you not to request a vote online or by mail.

To request a ballot paper in person, go to the office of the city or municipality clerk to apply for a ballot or leave a completed application.

You can go to the clerk’s office to request and fill out the absent ballot paper at any time by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to election day – 4:00 p.m. on November 7.

Find your clerk’s office here.

Can you vote in person after applying for an out-of-office ballot?

If you have applied for an absentee ballot but have not returned it, you can choose to either submit the ballot paper or sign a declaration that the ballot paper has been lost or damaged and cast your vote in the ballot boxes.

If you have already given the absentee ballot, but want to change your vote, you must submit a written application to the city or commune office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the elections – 5:00 p.m. on November 4.

The absentee ballot paper, which has not been returned to the clerk, can be broken in person at the secretariat by 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before the elections – 4:00 p.m. on November 7.

Where do you hand over your absentee ballot?

You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, to hand over the absentee ballot.

Ballot papers can be sent to the clerk, thrown into a safe, or brought to the clerk’s office. However, if you send your ballot now, it may not arrive on time, so please hand it in at a drop box or at a clerk.

Registered voters can find the drop box for their city or municipality here by entering their full name, date of birth, and zip code, or by using their driver’s license number and date of birth.

How do I track my absent ballot?

Visit michigan.gov/vote to track your ballot. After entering your full name, date of birth, and zip code, you can check your ballot status, including the date you received the absenteeism request, the date the absentee ballot was shipped, and the date the official received it.

How do I register to vote?

If you are not registered to vote, there is still time to register to make sure you can vote absent or in person.

Visit your local official’s office any time before 8:00 PM on election day and complete the application. Find your clerk’s office here.


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