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    Number of registered voters announced

    October 30, 2000


    Secretary of State Candice S. Miller today announced there are 6,859,332 voters registered for the Nov. 7 general election, an increase of more than 116,000 registered voters since the August primary.


    "We live in the greatest nation in the world, a nation grounded in the principles of democracy, one of the most important being the right to vote," said Secretary Miller, the state's chief election officer. "I encourage every Michigan voter to cast their ballot on Tuesday, November 7, because every vote does count."


    Secretary Miller reminds voters that polls will open on election day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.


    Registered voters who want an absent voter ballot mailed to them must submit their application in writing to their city or township clerk by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4.


    Registered voters eligible for an absent voter ballot may also vote in person at their city or township clerk's office anytime up to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 6.


    All absent voter ballots must be returned to the local clerk by 8 p.m. election day.


    Registered voters are eligible to vote by absent voter ballot if they are:

    • age 60 years or older
    • unable to attend the polls without assistance
    • 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 their precinct of residence


    If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents voters from attending the polls, they may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for the voter to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. For more information about emergency absent voter ballots, voters should contact their local clerk.


    Special accommodations are made for voters with disabilities at the polls. Anyone requiring special accommodations to the polls should call their city or township clerk's office ahead of time to make sure the voting site is free of obstructions. If the precinct is not accessible, the voter will be directed to an alternative site that is accessible. For more information, residents should contact their local clerk. Hearing impaired residents with questions may contact the Department of State's Bureau of Elections by TTY at 517/322-1477.

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