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2020 General Election Information

by Colleen Paveglio
Monday, November 2, 2020

November 2, 2020 - Please see the following message from City Clerk Benjamin Marentette, sharing key information regarding the election. Note: this information applies across the State of Michigan.

(1) If you have an absentee ballot, it must be received by your local clerk by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3 in order for it to be counted. (Check the status of your absentee ballot at and if there are any issues, contact your local clerk's office.)

(2) Election day is Tuesday, November 3; all polling locations are open from 7 a.m. -8 p.m. on election day. Anyone waiting in line at 8 p.m. on election day gets to vote. (Check your voting location and registration status at *Many precautions* have been put in place, based on recommendations from the CDC and public health experts, to make voting in person as safe as possible. If you don't have government issued photo ID with you, you simply sign an affidavit indicating such and can vote like anyone else, provided you're already registered to vote.

(3) If you aren't registered to vote, you can register on election day at your local clerk's office. You'll need a Michigan Drivers License or personal ID with your current address. Alternatively, you can use another form of ID without your current address but need to also provide one of the following documents that have your current address: a current utility bill; current bank statement; current paycheck; current government check; or other government document.

(4) If you register to vote now through election day, you can vote right in your local clerk's office or go to the polls to vote.

(5) Any registered voter in Michigan has (and has had since Jan 2019), the Constitutional right to vote absentee for any reason. You can obtain an absentee ballot by visiting your local clerk's office on Monday, November 2 up to 4p.m. (See item #3 for the type of ID/docs you'll need to bring with you.) Voters who aren't registered in Michigan, have up to 8p.m. on election day to register and vote right in their local clerk's office.

(6) In the City of Traverse City, voters may snag the new “I Voted Sticker" designed by a local artist, Roger Amundsen!

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