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Michigan Presidential Primary 2020: Everything you need to know

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Posted at 9:08 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 09:42:21-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Presidential Primary is today, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, and we have everything you need to know about the primary.

How to check if you're registered

You can check to see if you're registered to vote for the Michigan primary by clicking here.

If you are not, you can register in person with your township or city clerk through Election Day. You must have a residency verification, which includes: Driver's license or state ID card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.

If you register to vote on Election Day – March 10 – remember you can do so in person with your township or city clerk but NOT at a precinct. Voters who register on Election Day get a ballot and can vote that day.

View sample ballot and see polling location

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can view your sample ballot by clicking here.

You can find your polling place by clicking here.

Absentee ballots

All voters can now vote early through absentee without a reason.

You can get an application at your county, township and city clerk's office or at Michigan.gov/vote, and mailed-in applications must be received by Friday, March 6. You can also drop off the application in person at the township or city clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9 to get your ballot.

You then complete your ballot, sign it and submit it by dropping it off in person at the township or city clerk office or return it through the mail. Ballots must be signed and received by 8 p.m. on election day.

Changing absentee ballot

If you have already voted absentee and want to change your vote – for any reason – you can spoil your ballot by submitting a written request to their city or township clerk.

The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail.

An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

Do you need an ID to vote?

While Michigan does have a voter identification requirement, you can still vote if you don't have your ID on you. If you do not have an acceptable form of ID or did not bring it with you, you can sign a brief affidavit stating you're not in possession of a photo ID.

Forms of acceptable ID include: Michigan driver's license or state ID card, driver's license or ID card from another state, federal or state government-issued photo ID, passport, military photo with ID,s tudent ID with photo from high school or accredited college, tribal identification card with photo.

Party selection

When voting, you have to indicate in writing which political party you wish to vote. It only applies to the presidential primary election.

Will your ballot selection be made public?

Yes, Michigan law requires a public list be made available that includes the presidential primary ballot type chosen by each voter. Only the political party ballot selection will be made public, not the candidate you vote for.

Who's on the ballot

Democrats (Bolded names are still in the race)

Joe Biden
Tulsi Gabbard
Bernie Sanders
Michael Bennet – dropped out
Michael R. Bloomberg – dropped out
Cory Booker – dropped out
Pete Buttigieg – dropped out
Julian Castro – dropped out
John Delaney – dropped out
Amy Klobuchar - dropped out
Joe Sestak – dropped out
Tom Steyer - dropped out
Elizabeth Warren – dropped out
Marianne Williamson – dropped out
Andrew Yang – dropped out
Uncommitted

Republicans (Bolded names are still in the race)

Donald J. Trump
Bill Weld
Mark Sanford – dropped out
Joe Walsh – dropped out
Uncommitted

Other item on the ballot

The DIA renewal millage will also appear on the March 10 ballot if you live in Oakland, Macomb or Wayne counties. Voters first approved the 0.2 millage in 2012.

With the passage, people in all three counties got free general admission, and it provided for free field trips and free transportation to tens of thousands students from hundreds of schools and more.