WXYZ Editorial: Step-by-step process to voting safely in November Election

Posted at 8:08 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 20:08:04-04

WXYZ DETROIT — Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, this will be the most challenging election year in recent American history. But it’s crucial that everyone be able to vote safely!

Here in Michigan, it’s never been easier to vote. Eligible voters now have the option to cast their ballots by mail without needing an excuse.

Detail on how to request an absentee ballot are on our Channel 7 website at A record number of Michiganders voted by mail in the May and August primary elections. An even larger number is expected to vote by mail this November.

Early voting is already underway. If you haven’t turned in your ballot yet, start making a check-list of the important voting dates and deadlines coming up. Once again, you can get all of this information on

Under Michigan law, you can now register and vote in-person on Election Day. But with possible long lines, and public health concerns, we encourage you to explore all options.

Over the next month, stay tuned to Action News for stories each week on how voting problems can be handled. We’ll also keep you up to date on when and how votes will be counted. Our Scripps national team will provide additional stories from the battleground states, which includes Michigan. Our reports will be non-partisan and will provide constant updates on the information you need to know.

Because of the expected high volume of absentee ballots and in-person voting, election results may take longer than usual. It could even take a week. And if there are any legal challenges, there could be further delays. The most important thing is to make sure that every ballot cast in the November 3rd General Election is counted!

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
Broadcast: October 1 - 4, 2020