How to request an absentee ballot as the deadline approaches

SAGINAW, Mich. (WNEM) – The November elections are fast approaching.

Election officials anticipate a good turnout this year, so they are trying to get the word out about voting options.

Midland County Clerk Ann Manary said the deadline to request an absentee ballot is approaching.

“Now is a great time to submit your application, contact your clerk, find out what you need to do to get your ballot,” Manary said.

Manary is quick to point out that many voters may not have to do anything right now to receive an absentee ballot, provided they already requested one earlier this year.

November elections are fast approaching
November elections are fast approaching(WNEM)

“The application that was submitted would allow you to select August and/or November to receive an absentee ballot,” Manary said. “So there is a possibility that they actually did both at the time.”

But if you don’t fall into that category, the Michigan Secretary of State encourages people to act now to ensure their absentee ballot arrives on time.

Manary tells TV5 that absentee ballots are sent to eligible registered voters 45 days before the election.

Manary said ensuring absentee ballots reach legitimate voters is not something his office takes lightly.

“They go to the qualified voter file, we call it the GYF, and they look at your voter registration record and they actually look at your signature,” Manary said. “It’s the same signature that appears on your driver’s license. If those two things match, then no problem, you’ll go ahead and we’ll mail you a ballot. However, if they don’t match, then we have a problem.”

Manary said his office will call, email or send a letter to anyone with that problem.

Of course, there is always the option to vote in person on Election Day.

Manary expressed hope that registered voters will make their voices heard in November.

“It’s one of your rights, so I think everyone should exercise that right and do whatever they can to get an absentee ballot or show up at the polls,” Manary said.

The November elections are fast approaching.
The November elections are fast approaching.(WNEM)

This is what Michigan Secretary of State website recommends:

“Within two weeks of Election Day, to avoid potential mailing delays, we recommend applying in person at your local city or township clerk’s office. You will be able to complete and submit your ballot while you are there.

  • Online: Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online through our absentee ballot request form before 5 pm on the Friday before the election.
  • Call your city or township clerk and ask them to mail you an application
  • Download an application to return by mail or in person to your local city or township clerk
  • In person at your local city or township clerk’s office.”

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