FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK
The week of May 11, 2020, the City Clerk’s office will be sending dual applications for absent voter ballots (AVB) for the August/November Elections to ALL REGISTERED VOTERS. The decision was made to send applications to all voters because of the COVID19 pandemic and the unsurety surrounding it. The purpose of a dual application is that you can apply for an AVB for only August, only November, or August and November. Voting absentee is a choice, a privilege, it is not a mandate and is not being forced upon you. You have the option to disregard the application.
As of May 14, 2020, the State of Michigan has said that they plan to have regular live precincts in August, however, the situation surrounding COVID19 remains fluid and can change at any time. We are trying to be prepared for any situation.
AVB Applications may be returned by mail or in our drop boxes, as the City is not yet open to the public.
We want to assure you that voting absentee is safe and secure, and your City Clerk’s office does everything we can to ensure that every vote is protected and counted. Signatures on Absent Voter Applications and Absent Voter Ballots are compared to our Qualified Voter File records, and if they do not match, are investigated. Persons requesting AVB’s in person are required to show ID, just like in a live precinct.
AVB’s are processed on Election Day in sequestered precincts in a way that protects the identity of the voter. The ballot is separated from the identifying envelope, the stub removed, well before it is ever removed from the secrecy sleeve, all by different individuals, so there is no identifying information when the ballot is run through the counting machine.
Voting fraud is a crime, one in which we and the State of Michigan take very seriously. So, whether you choose to vote in person, or Absentee, your vote is protected, it is secret and it is counted.
Stay safe, stay healthy and no matter how you choose to do it, please exercise your right to vote.