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Court Rules Ballots Must Be Returned on Election Day

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, October 19, 2020

Ocotber 19, 2020 - 

Michigan voters must have their absentee ballots returned to their local clerk’s office no later than 8 pm on November 3, 2020. The Michigan Court of Appeals overruled the Michigan Court of Claims decision that ballots postmarked November 2nd and received within 14 days of the election day, the deadline for certifying election results, could be counted.

The City of Traverse City has experienced a nearly 300% increase in absentee ballot requests for the November 3, 2020 general election. Absentee ballots may be returned through the mail, placed in the red drop box at 400 Boardman Avenue, or hand delivered to the City Clerk’s Office, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm.

“A lot of information has circulated regarding voting regulations and we want to be clear with our voting constituency that absentee ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s Office by 8 pm on election day in order to be counted. If your voting plan is to mail your absentee ballot back, we are suggesting you do so, sooner than later, to ensure that it arrives to our office by 8 pm on election day,” says Benjamin Marentette, City Clerk.

The Michigan Supreme Court does have the opportunity to repeal the latest decision.

Voters may track the status of their absentee ballots at