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Posted on: October 21, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Clerk's Office to Pre-Process Absentee Ballots

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October 21, 2022 – The Midland City Clerk’s Office advises voters that it will begin pre-processing absentee ballots for the November 8 General Election on Monday, November 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ballots will be prepared for tabulation, not tabulated, during this time. This initiative was passed by the Michigan legislature in September and signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month. 

It’s not too late to request an absentee ballot! Voters may obtain an absentee ballot by submitting an application by mail to the Midland City Clerk’s Office, 333 W. Ellsworth Street, Midland, MI 48640; or via email to clerk@midland-mi.org. A request for absentee ballot form can be found at www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/absentee

To track if an application has been received, a ballot has been mailed, or if a ballot has been delivered back to the Clerk’s Office, visit the Michigan Voter Information Website (MVIC) found at www.michigan.gov/vote. Voters are reminded that an application to vote by absentee ballot must be received for each election before an absentee ballot will be issued. Only one ballot will be issued per voter regardless of the number of applications submitted.

City of Midland voters can save postage and limit contact with others by dropping off their completed absentee ballots at one of two contactless official ballot drop boxes at City Hall. Drop boxes are located in the following locations: 

  • Inside the City Hall lobby, accessible from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and
  • Outside the Larkin Street entrance to City Hall, accessible 24/7 

Voters should not use the payment drop box inside the doors of City Hall to return absentee ballot applications and ballots as they will not fit and may become damaged and unable to be processed. 

Completed absentee ballots should be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. The City Clerk’s Office recommends allowing 2 weeks’ mailing time for returning voted ballots by mail. Return postage of approximately 70 cents (two stamps) is required to mail back an absentee ballot. 

Following the passage of Proposal 3, all registered Michigan voters are now eligible to vote by absentee ballot for any reason in any election. For questions or more information on how to obtain an absentee ballot, visit www.cityofmidlandmi.gov/clerk or contact the Midland City Clerk’s Office at 989-837-3310 or clerk@midland-mi.org.

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