Secretary Johnson reminds residents to vote in May 6 local elections

APRIL 29, 2014 Election News

Elections to be held in 67 counties, many by school districts

LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is urging residents to vote in local elections Tuesday, May 6.

"This election provides a terrific opportunity for you to make your voice heard, right in your local community," said Johnson, Michigan's chief elections officer. "I encourage you to take a few minutes from your busy schedule and cast a ballot."

Elections will be held in 67 of Michigan's 83 counties. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To find out if there is an election in their community, voters can visit the Secretary of State website at or check with their county clerk's office. In addition, the online Michigan Voter Information Center at is an invaluable resource for voters. On the website, voters can make sure they are registered to vote, find their polling location and view a sample ballot. The website is also smartphone-friendly.

There is still time for voters to obtain an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:

  • age 60 or older
  • physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another
  • expecting to be out of town for the entire time the polls are open 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.

Those who wish to receive their absentee ballot by mail must submit their application by 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime through 4 p.m. Monday, May 5. Voters who request an absentee ballot in person on Monday, May 5 must vote the ballot in the clerk's office. Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. on Election Day.

Residents who registered to vote by mail or via a voter registration drive and have never voted in Michigan are not eligible to vote by absentee ballot in their first election. They must vote in person at their precinct. This restriction does not apply to voters who are overseas, disabled, or 60 years old or older.

Voters are reminded of a change to the ballot application, both at the polls and if they are absentee voters. Under Michigan law, by signing the application, the voter certifies that he or she is a U.S. citizen. The revised application forms also remind voters that they must be citizens to vote.

As a reminder, voters will be asked to provide identification when at the polls on Election Day or if obtaining an absentee ballot in person from the clerk's office. They will be asked to present valid photo ID, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or failed to bring it with them can still vote. They will be required to sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of photo ID. Their ballot will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.

A specially equipped voting station called the AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal is also available at each polling location for use by voters with disabilities.

To find Secretary of State office locations and services, visit Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at and Facebook updates at Online services are available at

Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).


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