The application period to sign up to receive an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election is now open. Applications can be filled out online at Michigan.gov/vote or mailed into the Orion Twp. Clerk’s Office (2525 Joslyn Rd. for Orion residents).
“With a record-breaking number of absentee ballots cast in our August primary, Michigan voters have made their desire to vote from home abundantly clear,” said Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, in a press release. “They recognize and trust that it is a safe, secure and convenient way to participate in our democracy, and we will continue doing all we can to ensure voters understand their rights and how to exercise them ahead of November.”
Absentee ballots should be sent in prior to Oct. 19. If this deadline is not met, it is asked that voters contact their clerk’s office as soon as possible.
Voters have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete their absentee ballot and return it to the clerk’s office, however, it is recommended that voters deliver their ballot as early as possible to a dropbox if their clerk has one, to the clerk’s office in person or by mail at least two weeks ahead of the election.
Clerks are expected to begin mailing out regular absent voter ballots on Sept. 24.
For more information on absentee ballots, visit Michigan.gov/vote. — M.K.