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Secretary of State Mailing Absentee Ballot Applications

May 22, 2020

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all registered voters in Michigan will receive an application to vote by mail in the August and November elections. Of the 7.7 million registered voters in the state, about 1.3 million are on the permanent absent voter list, and their local election clerk mails them applications ahead of every election. Additionally, some jurisdictions are mailing applications to all local registered voters. The Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections has ensured all remaining registered voters receive an application.

Record-breaking turnout was recorded in the approximately 50 elections held across 33 counties on May 5, with nearly 25% of eligible voters casting ballots and 99% of them doing so by mail or in a drop box. From 2010 to 2019, average turnout in local elections in May was 12%.

The application from the Bureau of Elections includes a cover letter with instructions from Secretary Benson. Once a voter signs their application, they can mail it or email a photo of it to their local clerk, whose contact information is included on the application.

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