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Voting begins in Michigan for the November election, and runs for 40 days

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 20:54:19-04

(WXYZ — Two events were held in Midtown Detroit urging voters to vote starting today.

You can vote in person at your local clerk’s office starting Sept. 24. You can apply for an absentee ballot, mark it and return it by mail at an official drop box in your community, or by taking it to your local clerk.

A ribbon-cutting was held at a dropbox outside the Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Midtown, one of 29 that will be in the city. The Pistons training center will be used by election boards on the night of the election for materials to be brought in from Detroit polls.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey said she’s predicting a 60-percent voter turnout and won’t predict when the final counting will be done. She’s calling it "election week."

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she’s going to “push back” on claims from President Trump and others that the election is being “rigged” by Democrats. She says the system is secure and votes will be counted accurately.

Down the street, the ACLU held an event with several diverse groups urging people to use the new system established with the passing of Proposition 3 in 2018 that allows for the early voting with absentee ballots.

The ACLU campaign will also be on the airwaves leading up to Nov. 3.

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.