• Gary Woronchak

Absentee ballots available for August 3 primary election

Those who want to vote in the August 3 primary election can, of course, do so in person at their local voting place from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Appropriate COVID-19 protocols will be followed for safety.

Voting by absentee ballot is an alternative to in-person voting if you are unable to go to the polls August 3, or even if you just don’t want to vote in person.

Voters approved an amendment to the Michigan Constitution in 2018 that allows anyone who wants an absentee ballot to get one, without having to state a reason, as had previously been required.

Here’s how you can get an absentee ballot to vote early:

1. Fill out an application.

You may be among the 14,000 Dearborn voters who have already received an application in the mail from the City Clerk’s Office. That would mean you previously asked to be on the city’s list of voters who automatically get the application before each election.

If you don’t have an application in hand, you can get one easily enough. You can call the City Clerk’s Office at (313) 943-2010 and ask them to mail you an application. Or, easier yet, you can download and print an application from the Michigan Secretary of State website by clicking here. You even can request an absentee ballot entirely online through the Secretary of State by clicking here.

(HELPFUL TIP: Your phone number and email are not required to get a ballot, but including that information on the application will enable the City Clerk’s Office to contact you if there is a problem with your application or, later, with your ballot.)

2. Submit the completed application. You can submit your application in a variety of ways:

You can mail it to:

Dearborn Administrative Center

City Clerk George Darany

16901 Michigan Avenue

Dearborn, MI 48126

You can also place the application in the drop box behind the Dearborn Administrative Center, or go inside and hand it to staff at the City Clerk’s Office.

You can even submit the filled-out application by email, by scanning it and sending it to JGEAHAN@CI.DEARBORN.MI.US

The ballots themselves, when completed, can be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by mail, in person, or by putting them in the drop box behind the city offices.

Ballots must reach the City Clerk’s Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on August 3 in order to be counted.

Around June 21, the City Clerk’s Office will begin mailing the actual ballots to voters who have requested them. A large batch will be sent initially – thousands have already requested ballots, and that number will grow before the first mailing – and after that, ballots will be mailed as applications are received.

VOTING EARLY IN PERSON: Also, beginning June 21, you can skip that entire application process and go to the City Clerk’s Office to request your ballot in person and, if you’re ready to vote, you can vote right then and there. Or, of course, you can take the ballot home and return it later.

If you have any questions about absentee voting, call the City Clerk's Office at (313) 943-2010, or email questions to me at gary4dearborn@gmail.com


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