By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Published Monday, March9, 2020
Michigan voters will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the presidential primary and decide on some local proposals and initiatives.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at your local precinct. If you are standing in line at 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
The main event Tuesday is the Democratic primary election.
The Democrats have 15 names on the ballot, although 12 candidates have dropped out. The active candidates are former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.
There are four candidates on the Republican ballot, including President Trump, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, and former congressmen Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford. The latter two have dropped out of the race, although their names remain on the ballot.
For the presidential primary, you will need to specify whether you want a Democratic or Republican ballot.
Voters must choose between participating in the Democratic or Republican primary, and pick which ballot they want.
If you don’t want to vote in either presidential primary, there’s also an option for that. Voters who don’t wish to participate in either primary can cast a vote for local proposals.
In Wayne County, there will be a renewal of the Wayne County Art Institute Authority Millage to fund the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Thanks to a new law, any Michigan voter can participate in early voting.
The deadline to get an absentee ballot is 4 p.m. Monday from your city or township clerk.
Voters will be asked to present a current photo ID when obtaining an absentee ballot at the clerk’s office, and the ballot must be filled in and returned on the spot.
If you haven’t mailed your absentee yet, you can drop it off in person.
Absentee ballots must be in the hands of local election clerks by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Postmarks don’t count.
The new law requires election officials to throw out absentee ballots that arrive in the mail after Election Day.
If you lost your absentee ballot, your candidate dropped out, or you changed your mind, you can spoil your ballot.
“The voter needs to contact my office to work out bringing us their spoiled ballot or having us spoil the ballot they already turned in. We can then issue a new one, except for on Election Day, those ballots can not be removed from the absentee voter counting board. Contact us with any questions at 734-753-4466 ext 130 or 132,” said Huron Township Clerk Jeremy Cady.
The Secretary of State’s Michigan voting information website has a lot of useful information for voters.
You can view you sample ballot for the March 10 election at this link.
Here is Huron Township’s election information website.