If you’re not able to get to the polls Nov. 6, voting absentee is the best way to fulfill your civic duty. If you do opt to cast your ballot by mail, you certainly are not alone.
Macomb Township Clerk Michael D. Koehs said that more than 10,000 absentee ballots were mailed as of Oct. 4 and that the township has already received some 2,000 completed ballots.
Koehs is anticipating about a 30 percent increase in the number of absentee voters, “only because of the presidential race,” he said.
More than 9,000 absentee votes were cast in the 2008 presidential election, according to results from the Macomb County Clerk's Office.
Time is running out to vote by mail. Macomb Township residents have until 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 to request an absentee ballot by mail from the clerk’s office. That’s a little over two weeks away.
Completed absent voter ballot applications can be mailed to the township clerk or delivered personally to: Michael D. Koehs, CMC, Clerk; 54111 Broughton Road, Macomb, MI 48042
The clerk's office must receive absentee ballots by mail or in-person delivery by the close of the polls Nov. 6 (8 p.m.) for these votes to be counted. A voter eligible to vote absentee may also vote in person at the township clerk's office anytime up to 4 p.m. the day before the election.
As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are:
- age 60 years old or older
- unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- expecting to be out of town on election day
- in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
As the election draws near, Koehs is preparing for voters at the poles, too. He recently ordered 30 new ballot bags – containers used to transport completed votes – in anticipation of election day.
The bags are needed due to the volume of voters and because the township's 35 precincts and absentee voters representing those precincts are now required to have their own transfer bags. The bags cost $14 per bag for a total of $1,336.
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