2020 Michigan election: How to get an absentee ballot

Election night viewers' guide
Posted at 9:08 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 07:46:03-04

(WXYZ) — The 2020 election season is in full swing with the general election on Nov. 3.

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The voters in Michigan chose to allow people to vote absentee for no reason, meaning anyone can request and obtain an absentee ballot. You can even apply online now.


You can request an absentee ballot by mail up until 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, and then you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office up to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2, the day
before the election. The ballot must be completed at the clerk's office.

If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Thursday, Sept. 24: Absentee ballots mailed out
Monday, Oct. 19: Last day to register in any form
Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Voter registration allowed in-person at local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Last day to request absentee ballot by mail
Monday, Nov. 2: Absentee ballots must be postmarked to count
Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person voting begins; polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.