Where to Vote:
Each voter must vote in the polling place designated to serve the precinct in which they reside. This location is indicated on your voter identification card or you may call your local clerk.
7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 8:00 p.m. is eligible to vote.
You will vote at the same place each time. Be sure to check with your local clerk if you are in doubt. Polling locations are also posted in local newspapers prior to election.
If your precinct location closes, your entire precinct will move to another location. You will be notified by mail before the next election if this should happen.
At the Polls:
You will be requested to print and sign your name and enter your current residential address and month and day of birth on an Application to Vote.
The election inspector will confirm your identity against the registration list.
As soon as it has been determined that you are qualified to vote, an inspector will issue a ballot to you and direct you to a voting booth.
The first step in casting a ballot involves signing your name and address on the poll list (application for ballot. Your signature on the application will be compared with your signature on the registration card. If a computer list is used, then birth dates on the application and the list will be compared.
Instructions for ballots or operating machines:
Detailed instructions for the proper method of casting your vote are posted in each precinct. If additional help is needed, ask the election inspectors.
If you tear, spoil, or erroneously mark a ballot, you may return it to the precinct officials and another ballot will be given to you. Place your ballot in the secrecy sleeve and return to the processing table
Assistance in voting:
Any voter who requires assistance to vote because of blindness, physical disability or inability to read or write may be given assistance. Any person of the voter's choice (Federal Law) may assist except their employer, officer of their union or an agent of either. Two election inspectors (Michigan Law) who have expressed a preference for different political parties shall give assistance if the voter has nobody to assist when assistance is needed.
Depositing Voted Ballots:
Before leaving the voting booth, place your ballot inside the secrecy folder. Be sure that your stub is visible.
Hand your ballot to the Election Inspector. The inspector will verify the stub number, remove the stub and return your ballot to you.
Remove your ballot from the secrecy folder and insert it into the tabulator.
Federal Law requires that every precinct be made accessible to the handicapped.
Primary and General Elections
In a primary election, the members of each party nominate candidates for the general election. Non-partisan primaries are also conducted where the list of candidates exceeds more than twice the number to be elected.
You may vote the primary ballot of any political party but vote for candidates of one political party ONLY. If you vote in more than one partisan section of the ballot, the partisan ballot will be rejected.
In the general election all voters elect officials from the party nominees and independent candidates.