Go to www.Michigan.gov/vote. On the site, you can search by name or driver’s license number to pinpoint information about your ballot.
If you are registered to vote and have cast a ballot, the site should show you:
- Your absentee ballot status, including the date the clerk received your application, the date your ballot was sent to you and — if the ballot has been received — the date the clerk received it.
- An election calendar that includes a sample ballot.
- Your in-person polling location address.
- The name and contact information for your local clerk.
- Your voting district information.
But what if it says my ballot wasn’t received?
Never fear, there’s still time!
If you mailed your ballot at least two weeks before Election Day, there’s still a fairly good chance it will be received by your clerk before the deadline, 8 p.m. Tuesday. Clerks anticipate receiving many ballots over the weekend, so the online system could update by Monday or even on Tuesday to show that your ballot was received.
Yeah, I don’t want to risk that. Now what?
At this point, you have several options. There’s still time to call your local clerk, or go to your clerk’s office in person. Regardless of your ballot status, the location of your clerk’s office should show up on the website.
If you’re truly concerned your ballot won’t make it on time, you can always spoil the ballot. That just means telling the clerk you want to void a ballot you previously cast and cast a new one; it’s pretty typical in primary elections, especially if people vote very early and the candidate they voted for drops out of a race.
With it being so close to Election Day, it’s safest to go to your clerk’s office in person and tell them you want to spoil your ballot. You have until 4 p.m. Monday to go in person to your clerk to spoil your ballot. Once it’s spoiled, you can either request a new absentee ballot or vote in person, either early or on Election Day.
“By safely voting in person this weekend at their clerk’s office, voters can cast their ballot early and beat the Election Day rush,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a news release Friday. “I highly encourage voters to take advantage of their right to cast their ballot at their clerk’s office before Election Day.”
Polls open 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.
Contact Dave Boucher: firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-938-4591. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Boucher1.