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Any early voting in Michigan?

Alex Doty • Oct 31, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Terrance of Spring Lake Township asked, “Does Michigan offer any early voting period similar to states such as North Carolina?”

Answer:

Terrance, with the election just over a week away, your question is very timely. We went to the Michigan Secretary of State’s website and this is what it had to say:

“No. While some states allow all voters to cast ballots prior to Election Day, Michigan does not have early voting. Of course, qualified Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots prior to Election Day.”

Per the Michigan Secretary of State, absentee ballots are available for all elections. You are eligible to vote absentee in Michigan if you meet one of these regulations:

—You are age 60 years old or older;

— You’re unable to vote without assistance at the polls;

— You’re expecting to be out of town on election day; 

— You’re in jail awaiting arraignment or trial;

— You’re unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons;

— You’re appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

According to the Michigan Secretary of State, a person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction doesn’t apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled or voters who are 60 years of age or older.

And in case you were wondering, 34 states and the District of Columbia permit no-excuse early voting in some form.

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