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Four weeks remain until special election primary

Four weeks remain until four Michigan districts will hold special election primaries to fill the partial terms of vacant seats in the state Legislature. Eligible citizens can register, apply for an absentee ballot, or find out more information about the elections at Michigan.gov/Vote.

Special election primaries will be held March 1 for the following House districts:

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

"Michigan citizens have several secure options to cast their ballots - whether by mail, via secure drop box, in person at their local clerk's office or at their polling location on Election Day," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "No matter how they choose to participate, eligible citizens are encouraged to vote and ensure they have a voice in the Michigan Legislature."

Eligible citizens in districts holding special election primaries can register to vote online until Feb. 14, and then they must register in person at their local clerk's office with proof of residency. Voters can also request, fill out and return an absentee ballot at their local clerk's office until 4 p.m. the day before Election Day.

Those registered to vote can do so from home by requesting to have an absentee ballot mailed to them. They can make the request in person at their local clerk's office or online at Michigan.gov/Vote. If voters choose to go to their local clerk's office, they can fill out their ballot and return it in the same visit.

Voters in districts holding special election primaries can also cast their ballots in person at their polling place on March 1. Polls will be open on from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The March 1 special election primary will determine the candidates to fill partial terms for the vacated seats in the respective districts, meaning those elected in the May 3 special general election will serve until Dec. 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 recently approved new district maps from the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, will be held in August and November of this year.

Voters can find more information, including a sample ballot and the location of their clerk's office and polling place and Michigan.gov/Vote.

 

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