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SPECIAL MESSAGE RE MAY 2020 ELECTIONS

LANSING, MI (March 28, 2020) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-27, encouraging Michiganders to vote absentee by allowing the Department of State to assist local jurisdictions in mailing absentee ballot applications to very register voter, and to provide absentee ballots directly to new registrants. Local jurisdictions will still need to keep at least one polling place open for those who wish to vote in-person or are unable to vote by mail.

"While we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, we must do everything we can to encourage Michiganders to stay home and stay safe," Governor Whitmer said. "The fewer people we have lining up at polling places the better, ensuring Michiganders safely practice social distancing while allowing them to safely exercise their right to vote in local elections."

Michiganders who want to register to vote in the May 5 election are strongly encourage to do so by April 20. They can register online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/registervoter or by mail using the form available at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf.

Those who miss the deadline are still able to register to vote and can do so at their township or city clerk's office, but should call ahead first. (For Detroit City Clerk and Wayne County Clerk contact info, go to the LWVDetroit Elections Information webpage: http://lwvdetroit.org/Elections.html.) Clerks will also accept applications and proof of residency by mail, email, or fax.

"I am grateful to Governor Whitmer for recognizing the critical need to protect public health while ensuring Michigan citizens are able to exercise their fundamental right as voters in our democracy," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "Our sharpest tool to ensure citizens do not have to choose between casting a ballot and risking their health is the constitutional right they have to vote by mail, which voters themselves enshrined in our state constitution in 2018.

"Canceling elections sets a dangerous precedent for our democracy. It signals that, in a time of great challenge and uncertainty, we would opt to give up on the fundamental building block of our republic - the ability to elect and hold our elected officials accountable," Benson said. "My administration will ensure that all voters eligible to participate in a local election on May 5 receive applications to vote by mail, and we will work with our local clerks to recruit staff and set guidelines to help ensure their health, safety - and our elections - are secure."

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2Findex.html.

Secretary of State

The MI Secretary of State (SOS) has everything you need to know about elections, voter registration, and voter rights and well as information on state candidates and proposals.

Make sure https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633---,00.html is your go-to place for the most comprehensive and up-to-date Michigan. elections information.

Detroit City Clerk Office

The City Clerk serves as Chief Elections Officer of the City:

  • To give such notices of all registrations and elections and to perform duties prescribed in connection with such registration and elections.
  • To supervise elections by virtue of the Clerk's position as Chairman of the Election Commission and Chief Elections Officer of the city.
  • To maintain reasonable accessible voter registration sites throughout the city.
  • To receive nominating petitions filed by a candidate for nomination to an elective city office.

FMI: https://detroitmi.gov/government/city-clerk

Wayne County Clerk Office

For information about the Wayne County Clerk, go to: https://www.waynecounty.com/elected/clerk/home.aspx