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Online registration deadline for May elections is less than one week away

Michiganders in jurisdictions holding elections May 3 have through April 18 to register to vote online at Michigan.gov/Vote or by mail (postmarked by April 18). After this deadline, eligible citizens may still register in person at their city or township clerk's office with proof of residency through Election Day.

"Registering to vote online is an easy and secure step to participating in our democracy,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “And participating in local elections is an important way to strengthen your community.”

A complete list of jurisdictions holding elections on May 3, including four state House districts with a general election to fill partial terms for vacant seats, is available online.

Citizens who plan to vote with an absentee ballot are encouraged to submit their applications to do so as soon as possible online, by mail, or by visiting their local clerk’s office. If they visit the office in person they can receive and submit the absentee ballot in the same trip.

Residents who already received their absentee ballot are encouraged to complete it and return it to their clerk’s office or ballot drop box as soon as possible.

Voters can find more information on elections in their jurisdiction, including a sample ballot and list of races and questions, at Michigan.gov/Vote. While the majority of elections taking place are for millages or local-level elected positions, the following four House districts are also holding special elections to fill vacant seats:

  • 15th in Wayne County
  • 36th in Macomb County
  • 43rd in Oakland County
  • 74th in Kent County

The special elections in these districts will fill partial terms for the vacated seats, meaning those elected in the May 3 election will serve until December 31, 2022. The seats to be filled will represent districts based on the district maps that have been in effect since the prior state redistricting took place after the 2010 census. Primaries and general elections for the next term, beginning Jan. 1, 2023, and based on the new district maps approved by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, will be held in August and November of this year.
Voters can register, apply to vote absentee, see their sample ballot, and find their clerk’s office and drop box locations and more information at Michigan.gov/Vote.

 
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