Can voters who have already cast their absentee voter ballot early change their vote?

If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote, a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written and signed request to their city or township clerk. Voters have three options to spoil their ballot:

  • By Mail  - The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will pick it up in person at the clerk’s office. This request must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election (Oct. 30, 2020) if received by mail. 
  • In Person - An absentee ballot that has been returned to the clerk may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 10 a.m. the Monday prior to the election (Nov. 2, 2020). 
  • Return & Spoil a Ballot - An absentee ballot that has not been returned to the clerk may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election (Nov. 2, 2020). 

If a voter has not returned his or her ballot, the voter can surrender the ballot or sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed and vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

Last updated Oct. 26, 2020