Election Guide 2012 Part 2: Absentee Ballots
By: Garrett Coffman
You are all prepared to vote. You have your voter’s registration card to flaunt to all your non-registered friends. But wait, what’s this? You registered to vote in your hometown and you don’t think you will have time to drive all the way home on Nov. 6? Do not fear my friend, this quandary is why the good United States of America gave us: the absentee ballot.
The absentee ballot allows voters to cast their vote at their convenience if they are not able to attend the polls on election day.
You are eligible for an absentee ballot if you are:
- 60 +
- handicapped in some capacity
- expecting to be out of town
- in jail awaiting arraignment of trial
- unable to attend polls due to religious reasons
- you are appointed to work as an election inspector in an outside precinct
However, you must vote in person if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail.
If you fulfill all of the necessary conditions listed above then you are ready to apply for your absentee ballot. All you have to do is download the Michigan Absentee Ballot application PDF, complete the form, and turn it in to your hometown’s city clerk office or send it in by mail. They will receive your request, check you signature against your voter registration card (another reminder: you must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot and those forms are now past due). Your absentee ballot application must be into your clerk’s office no later than 2 p.m. on Nov. 3, the Saturday before the election.
When you receive your ballot fill it out, sign it, stamp it, and send it back to your clerk, in person, through a family member, or a someone living in your household. Remember that the ballot must have your signature on the return envelope. It also must be received by the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. So make sure you send it out well in advance if you want your vote to be counted.
For any other inquires, check the FAQ section at LongDistanceVoter.org, and continue checking back with us at SpartanEdge to keep you in the know the last three weeks leading up to Election Day.
Read Part One Here