Morning Briefing Nov. 2, 2021: Election day in Michigan, water main repairs latest, how sound therapy is being used to heal

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Here are the key races to watch in the Nov. 2, 2021 General Election. Find results here:

Election day

The 2021 Michigan General Election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Here’s what you need to know before voting.

Hundreds of Michigan communities are holding elections on Nov. 2, and while it’s not a major election year, there are still important races to be decided, especially at the local level.

More: Here are the races to watch

What time do polls open and close in Michigan?

In-person voting will be available in every jurisdiction. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where do I vote in Michigan?

The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, where you cast your ballot on Election Day and where your local clerk’s office is located.

Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they did not register to vote at their new address by the close of registration for this election.

Do I need my voter registration card in order to vote?

No. As long as you are in the correct polling location, your name will appear on the registration list supplied to your precinct. The Voter Identification Card is for your reference and is not required to vote. If you did not receive or lost the Voter Identification Card, call your local Clerk for a replacement or visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to check your registration status.

How to view your Michigan sample ballot for Nov. 2, 2021

You can look up all of your voting information, including precinct or clerk location and sample ballot, at the Michigan Voter Information Center here.

When is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot?

Online and mail requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election.

If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office.

Did my ballot arrive?

All registered voters can track their ballot by looking up their information in the voter information section of this website.

How can I find election results?

You can find election results for Nov. 2, 2021 right here.

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Oakland County water main repairs expected to take up to 5 days

A massive water main break in Farmington Hills is impacting several Metro Detroit communities and it will be days before water service is back to normal.

Novi, Walled Lake and Commerce Township residents are under the boil water advisory after The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) reported a water main break on Sunday (Oct. 31) at 14 Mile and Drake Roads in Farmington Hills.

More: Multiple homes damaged from massive water main break in Farmington Hills

Sound therapy: What it is and how people use it to heal

Experts have known for a long time that music or movement really promotes psychological healing. Now many are turning to sound therapy as a way to heal from some of the effects of the pandemic.

Here’s the story from Sandra Ali.

Macomb County chase

A carjacking in Macomb County led to a police chase on Van Dyke Avenue in the middle of rush hour traffic on Monday (Nov. 1). Four men have been taken into custody, accused of robbing the owner of the Hellcat at gunpoint in Sterling Heights. The video shows four men holding the victim at gunpoint. Police said this is when the carjacker got the keys to the vehicle.

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Weather forecast: Frigid with a few flakes flying

Here is the weather forecast for Metro Detroit on Nov. 2, 2021. For more:

COVID in Michigan 🦠

Michigan reported 9,313 new cases of COVID-19 and 65 virus-related deaths Monday -- an average of 3,104.3 cases over the past three days.

Monday’s update brings the total number of confirmed COVID cases in Michigan to 1,137,748, including 22,247 deaths. These numbers are up from 1,128,435 cases and 22,182 deaths, as of Friday.