Michigan’s primary election will be a little different with pandemic precautions in place on Tuesday.
Each local clerk’s office is stocking sanitary supplies and preparing for new protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at polling stations, state election officials say.
Polling stations open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
State officials are urging in-person voters to wear masks and observe social distancing standards, such as staying six feet away in line.
Missing ballots that have not yet been mailed can still be dropped off at the city or township clerk’s office before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Here are a few other things to look forward to on Election Day:
Possible delays in collecting results
Nearly 2 million people requested advance mail ballots, and 900,000 people returned those ballots, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Only half a million people requested mail-in ballots in the 2016 primary.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the increase in Michigan voters choosing to vote from home can be attributed to the passage of Proposition 3 in 2018, which allows any voter to vote by mail without providing a reason, and the added motivation to avoid the coronavirus. exposure.
Benson’s office expects delays in processing the results because Michigan law prevents clerk’s offices from counting absentee ballots until 7 a.m. on election day.
“We stand with other states that are preparing people for no results by the close of election night,” Benson said.
She lobbied for legislation allowing election workers to start counting absentee ballots earlier.
“Florida allows clerks to count mail-in ballots 22 days before election day,” Benson said.
Safe and secure voting
Benson said the Elections Office provided gloves, disposable masks, spray disinfectants, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and face shields to the clerk’s offices, as well as hygiene and distancing protocols social.
Voters are not required to wear masks under any state order, but are strongly encouraged to do so by public health officials. All election workers are expected to wear masks and the voting booths are six feet apart.
Polling stations will provide pens to voters, but it is safer to bring their own, the secretary of state’s office said. State ID, Driver’s License, Federal Photo ID, US Passport, Military Photo ID, Student Photo ID, or Student ID tribal identity with photo are required. Those who do not have ID will be required to sign an affidavit before voting.
Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for polling stations, election officials and voters can be found here.
Place absentee ballots at local ballot boxes
Statewide clerks are urging Michigan voters who did not return their absent ballots to do so immediately.
Voters can cast their ballots at their local ballot boxes or at city and township clerks’ offices. Ballot box locations can be found here.
Voters who have received their mail-in ballots are encouraged to fill them out as soon as possible, sign the back of the envelope, and drop them off at their local clerk’s office. Information about local employees can be found here.
All absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on polling day to be counted.
No division vote
Michigan voters must choose a political party in the primary election. If politicians from different parties are chosen, the voter’s ballot will be rejected.
Examples of ballots and voting instructions can be found here.
It is imperative that voters check both sides of their ballot for any local proposal or non-partisan court race.
Same day registration
It is too late to register to vote by mail or online. To register now, go to your local clerk’s office, register and vote in person there.
A piece of identification or a physical document proving residency must be provided to the clerk’s office in order to register to vote.
You can know if you registered to vote here.
Spoil a ballot
Voters who have not mailed their ballot or never received the requested ballot can still vote in person on Tuesday.
Michigan voters can spoil their ballot by completing an Absent Ballot Affidavit or by delivering the original ballot to their local polling station.
Need for election workers throughout Michigan
As the November general election approaches, more election workers will be needed to deal with the increased number of absent voters, polling station staff and to replace older or immunocompromised election workers.
Benson said those registered to vote or aged 16 or 17 can apply to be paid State Department MVP Democracy Initiative. More than 5,000 people have been recruited to work in the upcoming elections.
Registered voters can find out how to become a member of their local postal counting office by calling their city or township clerk.
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