Here’s how you can request an absentee ballot for Michigan elections

In just ten months, we’ll have a new president in the United States. By now, you’ve seen the debates, the campaign stops, and the endless commercials on television and social media. Now, here’s how you can request an absentee ballot to vote for statewide, legislative and congressional positions. To vote in the March 10 primary, you must submit a:

  • Absentee application
  • Print application
  • Letter
  • Postcard or pre-printed application form

Michigan.gov states that “due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.” To have an absent voter ballot mailed to you, you must submit a request by 5 PM on the Friday before the election. You can also request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office until 4 PM. Absentee voters have until 8 PM on election day to submit their vote to the clerk’s office. 

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission reported that the total number of voters who voted early, absentee or by mail more than doubled from 24.9 million in 2004 to 57.2 million in 2016, representing an increase from one in five of all ballots cast to two in five of all votes cast. The number of U.S. citizens voting early more than doubled from nearly 10.2 million early votes cast in 2004 to 24.1 million early ballots cast in 2016.

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