Michigan’s Presidential Primary is right around the corner and Democrats should make sure they’re prepared to cast their ballot for the person they want to take on Donald Trump in November.
Voters in both parties will choose their nominee in the March 10 presidential primary. While Republicans are rallying around their incumbent, Democrats will have a variety of candidates to choose from.
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Michigan is an “open primary” state, which means that while persons age 18 or older must be registered with the state to vote, they need not be a registered member of a specific political party to cast a ballot in that party’s primary.
Voters may cast only one ballot, for either a Democratic or Republican candidate, and they will be required to select the ballot from one of those parties. While the selection of a ballot from one party or the other does not signify membership in that party, your ballot selection will be part of the public voting record.
Voters are advised to check here or with their city, village or township clerk to ensure they’re registered. If not, you can register up to the day of the election, although Feb. 24 is the last day to register other than in-person with your local clerk.
>>> Register online before Feb. 24
>>> Learn more about voting early or on Election Day
In-person voting at local precincts will be from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. March 10. Voters must be in line by 8 p.m. to cast their ballot.
- Not sure if you’re registered to vote?
- Need to register to vote?
- Not sure where to vote?
- Looking for your local clerk?
Answers to these and other questions can be found at mvic.sos.state.mi.us.
Absentee voting currently is underway, and is a great way for voters to exercise their democratic franchise even if they are unable to attend the polls in person on March 10. Remember, Michigan now allows people to vote by absentee ballot for any reason.
>>> Obtain an absentee voter application from our local clerk, or download and submit this form
Note that the absentee voter application allows voters to request ballots for both the March 10 presidential primary and the Nov. 3 general election, as well as for all future elections. Be sure to check those boxes if you’re planning to regularly vote by absentee ballot.
If mailing or delivering your AV application to your local clerk, do it early. March 6 is the last day voters may obtain their absentee ballot by mail. After that, they must obtain their ballot in person at their clerk’s office.
Similarly, absentee ballots must be received — not just postmarked — at local clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. March 10. Voters completing their ballot after March 3 are advised to deliver it to their clerk in person.