DETROIT -

For the first time in history, Detroit will accept online applications for absentee ballots.

There are two ways in which voters can request an absentee ballot: beginning Thursday, July 17, they can go to detroitballot.com; and starting on Monday, July 21, they can go to their app store and search "Vote for Detroit" to download the App.

"This is a proud day for Detroit and a historic day for Michigan," said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. "I'm thrilled to announce as clerk that I'll be broadening ballot access for Detroiters through this new program." 

Once residents request the ballot online the ballot will be mailed.  The last day to request a ballot is Saturday, August 2, at 2 p.m.

Currently it is common practice for many clerks across Michigan to receive requests to vote absentee through a number of secure options, including fax, mail and hand delivery.

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