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Michiganders urged to hand-deliver absentee ballots to clerk or drop-box

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 12:03:39-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging people to hand-deliver their absentee ballots at local clerks or ballot drop boxes instead of mailing them in.

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“Only the absentee ballots received by 8 p.m. on November 3 can be counted, and voters should not risk possible postal delays this close to the deadline,” Benson said in a release. “Voters who already have their absentee ballot should hand-deliver it to their city or township election clerk’s office or ballot drop box. Voters who still plan to request an absentee ballot should visit their clerk’s office to make the request in person, and fill out and submit the ballot all in one trip.”

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Registered voters can request an absentee ballot and submit them early through Nov. 2, and eligible citizens can register to vote at their local clerk's offices through Nov. 3 and request an absentee ballot. They will need to bring proof of residency.

More than 3 million Michiganders have already requested absentee ballots, with 1.5 million of them returned.

There are hundreds of absentee ballot drop-boxes throughout the state, but you MUST use the one that is in your local designation. You can find your drop box here by clicking "who is my clerk."

You can also track your absentee ballot to see when it was sent and received. Click here.

If you have already voted absentee and wish to change your vote, you can spoil your ballot by submitting a written request to your city or township clerk. You 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.