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Vote safely in Michigan’s 13th congressional district

With COVID-19 ravaging our community, a safe way to vote in the August primary is before the in-person rush on Election Day, August 4th.

Make sure your vote is counted! Even if you’ve already received or requested a ballot, you should head to your City or Township Clerk’s office to drop it off or get one to fill out. Otherwise, your ballot may not be received in time to be counted.

On this page, you can find out:

Where to go before Election Day (to register, vote, or drop off your ballot)

How to fill out your ballot ahead of time so you can just drop it off

What to do if you can’t go in-person to drop off your ballot

What to bring with you when registering to vote or when voting in-person

Where to find more information

Where to vote early before August 4/ Election Day

Click HERE to find details for your city or township about where and when you can drop off your ballot, register to vote, and/or fill out a ballot between now and Tuesday, August 4th.

Note: Please wear a mask and follow precautions when going in-person to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you!

How to fill out your ballot ahead of time so you can drop it off

Check out the below video for a step-by-step explanation of how to fill out your ballot.

If you’ve already received your ballot in the mail, you can fill it out at home and drop it off before 8 pm on Tuesday, August 4th at the early voting location(s) for your city or township. (We recommend going before the Election Day crowds.)

If you have not already received your ballot in the mail, even if you’ve requested one, you should go pick up and fill out a ballot at your city or township’s early voting location(s).

(If you have an absentee ballot but want to vote in-person on Election Day, be sure to bring your absentee voter ballot with you on Election Day so you can either complete it and drop it off there or you can surrender it and get a new ballot to fill out that day. It’s much safer to go beforehand if you’re able to, however.)

A few important notes for filling out your ballot:

Don’t forget to sign the envelope! Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance when filling out the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope.
For the primary election, you can only vote for candidates in one party—Democrat or Republican. If you vote for candidates in both parties, your ballot will NOT be counted.

What to do if you cannot go in-person to drop off your ballot

Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed and sealed absent voter ballot to your clerk’s office.

If you or the people listed above are unable to drop off your ballot in-person, you have until Friday, July 31st at 5 pm to request that your Clerk pick up your ballot, which they’re required to do. Just call your city or township’s Clerk using the contact information above.

What to bring with you when registering to vote or when voting in-person

To register to vote, or update your registration to reflect your current address, you’ll need to bring proof of residency with your name and current address, such as a drivers’ license, utility bill, paycheck, etc.

Check here to find out more information about registering to vote or checking if you’re already registered.

To vote in-person on Election Day, you should either bring a photo ID or sign an affidavit that you don’t have one. More information about voting identification here. You should also be prepared for this if you’re going early to request and fill out an absentee ballot.

If you’re just dropping off your already-completed ballot, you don’t need any ID.

Other questions?

If you’ve requested a ballot but haven’t received it: Just head to your city or township’s early voting location(s) and get a new ballot there to fill out and submit.

If you’ve already sent out your ballot but you’re not sure if your local Clerk has received it yet: You can check if it’s been received by filling in your voter registration information on the Michigan Voter Information Center website and tracking it. If your absentee ballot has NOT been marked as “received,” your best bet is to go visit your Clerk’s office, ask to spoil your original absentee ballot, and request a new ballot to fill out and submit right then and there. The deadline to do this is Monday, August 3, by 4 pm.

To find out more about polling locations to vote on Election Day itself: Go to mi.gov/vote. If you have an absentee ballot but decide to vote on Election Day instead, be sure to bring your absentee voter ballot with you on Election Day so you can surrender it and get a new ballot to fill out that day. On Tuesday, August 4, Election Day voting locations will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

If you have any issues with registering or early voting: You can call the Michigan voter assistance hotline at 1-833-MIVOTES, or the national nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE. You can also find answers to more questions at the online Michigan Voter Information Center.

Click here to find Michigan voter information hotlines in other languages

Thank you, and please share this information with your friends and family to make sure their votes are counted. We hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

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