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Know Before You Vote: Michigan’s Primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4

Next week, Michiganders will head to the polls, or their county clerks office to submit absentee ballots, and cast their votes in Michigan’s primary election. To prepare for the upcoming election, view the Chamber’s Aug. 4 primary endorsements and review the below resources to ensure you are prepared to cast your ballot.


Michigan Primary Election Tuesday, August 4


Michigan Absentee Ballots

Michigan’s top election official is urging people with an absentee ballot to return it to their local clerk’s office or dropbox instead of using the mail to ensure it’s counted in the Aug. 4 statewide primary. Read more.

 A ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Night to be counted.

  • In-Person: Received 1 day before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day. Didn’t mail it in time? No problem! You can drop them off at your city clerks office.
  • Online: N/A
  • Due: Election day Tuesday, Aug. 4
  • Rules: Any registered Michigan voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

How to Get an Absentee Ballot in Michigan

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your local election office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Official will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your local election office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once You Receive Your Absentee Ballot

  • Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  • Sign and date where indicated.
  • Typically you could mail your ballot in, but the date to do so has past. Return your ballot to your local clerk’s office or dropbox instead of using the mail to ensure it’s counted in the Aug. 4 statewide primary.

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View Chamber Aug. 4 primary endorsements.