The 2020 Michigan Primary Election is coming up on August 4 -- and if you plan to vote in person, it may be helpful to know what your ballot will look like ahead of time.
On August 4 voters can show their support for the state and local leaders who they want to run in the general election on November 3.
On the ballot this time around will be U.S. congresspeople from Michigan, state legislators, as well as local prosecuting attorneys, sheriffs, clerks, treasurers, registers of deeds and county commissioners.
Because the upcoming Michigan Primary Election focuses on supporting local representatives, ballots will significantly vary from district to district and county to county.
Every Michigan ballot will, however, share the first line of candidates running for seats in the U.S. Congress (pictured below).
The remainder of the ballot will be tailored to specific districts and counties -- but don’t worry, you can easily access and review that information online before heading to the polls.
All registered Michigan voters now have the option to vote by mail using an absentee ballot.
The state of Michigan mailed absentee voting applications to all registered Michigan voters in May. Those who applied to receive an absentee ballot for the Michigan primary should have already received it in the mail.
- You can also apply to receive an absentee ballot on the state’s website here. It may be possible that an absentee ballot won’t arrive in the mail on time if requested too close to the election. We recommend contacting your local clerk’s office to determine what options you have for voting on or before August 4.
If you have received your absentee ballot in the mail, it simply needs to be filled out following the instructions and returned before the deadline.
Absentee ballots can be returned by mail so long as it is received by 8 p.m. on August 4. Postage is required for this option.
Absentee ballots can also be returned by dropping it off at your local clerk’s office or drop box (if available) by 8 p.m. on August 4. No postage is required for this option.
- Click here to find the location and contact information of your local clerk. To determine if your local clerk has a drop box available to receive absentee ballots, contact their office directly.
Ballots can be tracked online here after they’ve been dropped off or returned by mail.