Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Everything You Need to Know to Vote in the March 10th Primary

The Michigan Primary vote will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020. You will have the chance to decide who will be running for president this November as well as the outcome of some local proposals. But, before you can vote, you need to make sure that you are registered.

You can check if you are registered to vote here.

If you are registered, it will tell you where you can vote on the 10th. If you are not registered, you will see a message that says “no voter record matched your search criteria”. You will not be able to register online before this election, but you can register anytime on or before election day by visiting your local clerk's office.

You can find your local clerk here.

You cannot register to vote at your polling place.

You can skip visiting a polling place altogether by obtaining an absentee ballot. You have until 5 p.m. on March 6 to apply to obtain an absentee ballot via first class mail. You have until 4 p.m. on March 9 to obtain an absentee ballot in person at your local clerk's office.

Once you have established that you can vote and found your polling place it is time to decide which primary you are going to vote in. Michigan only allows you to vote in one primary, you can choose a Democratic ballot, a Republican ballot, or a ballot that shows just local proposals. Additionally, if you are registered as a member of any party, you must vote in that party's primary.

Now, it's time to decide who you are going to vote for. You can find out more about all of the candidates running in this year's primary here.

There will also be county-specific votes, this includes a proposal for a 10-year, 0.2 mill millage renewal for the Detroit Institute of Arts in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Some communities and school districts will have millage proposals on the ballot, and Clinton Township and Ecorse will have proposals to allow marijuana businesses in their towns.

If you would like to learn more about the DIA millage vote, click here.

Most importantly, make a plan for when and how you are voting on the 10th. Michigan is a very important state in this election which means your voice will be heard.


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