Metro Detroit candidates talk issues
Michigan’s general election less is almost here. In-person voting will be Tuesday, Nov. 8, and absentee ballots are returning to election officials in large numbers.
This fall’s ballot includes everything from statewide offices and ballot proposals to local school board races. Whether you choose to vote absentee or in person, get to know the candidates from metro Detroit before you vote by reading their responses (links to all of Hometown Life’s election coverage can be found later in this article) to key issues facing voters.
If you are unsure which state legislative or local districts you vote in, especially in the light of new maps drawn in 2021, you can enter your home address and obtain a sample ballot when you visit the Michigan Voter Information Center.
More information about the Nov. 8 election
Find your polling location: Find your polling place and more useful voter information at michigan.gov/vote.
Find your districts: Michigan’s political districts were redrawn after the 2020 census. Find your congressional district, state senate district and state house district. You also can use the link above to see which candidates are running for your districts and will be on your ballot.
Detroit: Find a satellite clerk’s office or drop box
Across the state: Find your clerk’s office
Frequently asked Michigan November 2022 election questions
When are polls open? Polls are open on Election Day, Aug. 2, from 7 am to 8 pm. As long as you are in line to vote by 8 pm, you will be permitted to cast your ballot.
Where can I vote? Voters can check with their local municipality on Election Day voting locations. Statewide information can be found at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Is it true I can register the day of the election? yes Starting Oct 25 and up until 8 pm Nov 8, you must register to vote in person. You must register at your local city or township clerk’s office and not at a polling place.
Getting, submitting to an absentee ballot
Anyone can vote in person or by absentee ballot for any reason. Nearly 60% of Michigan voters cast an absentee ballot in the last statewide general election.
You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person. However, with the election just a few weeks away, election officials recommend not requesting an absentee ballot by mail at this point to avoid postal delays. Your local clerk must receive your request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you by 5 pm Nov 4.
You can request an absentee ballot online before 5 pm Nov. 4 (the Friday before Election Day) if you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID. Visit https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication/Index to complete the online absentee ballot application.
You can go to your local clerk’s office to request an absentee ballot. Local election officials must be available during their regularly scheduled business hours and at least eight hours during the Saturday and/or Sunday immediately preceding Election Day to issue and receive absentee ballots. Voters have until 4 pm the Monday before Election Day (Nov. 7) to obtain an absentee ballot in person at their local clerk’s office.
You can look up the address and hours for your local clerk’s office and any satellite locations they’ve set up to register voters as well as issue and receive absentee ballots by visiting https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us, clicking on “Where are my clerk’s offices?” and entering the address where you are registered to vote.
The page also includes contact information for your local clerk’s office.
You can return your absentee ballot using a drop box located in the municipality where you’re registered to vote, in the mail or in person to your local clerk’s office. Ballots must be received by your local clerk by 8 pm on Election Day, Nov 8.
You can track your absentee ballot by visiting https://mvic.sos/state.mi.us/Home/Index, clicking “Your voter information” and entering basic information to see when your absentee ballot application was received, your ballot was sent and your ballot was received.
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