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Michigan election workers needed amid coronavirus pandemic

Workers needed to process, count ballots, staff clerk offices

A City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)
A City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes absentee ballots for Tuesday's primary election, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP) (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

LANSING, Mich. – Do you want a front seat to democracy?

The state of Michigan is looking for people to serve as workers in the May 5 local elections.

Many older residents who have served in the past are staying home to avoid the risk of getting the coronavirus.

The local elections will be conducted primarily by mail, but workers are needed to process and count ballots and staff clerk offices.

All registered voters are eligible to serve as election workers.

A website where people can fill out a form is at Michigan.gov/DemocracyMVP.

The secretary of state will share the information with local clerks who need help.