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.

Offsite links

View Chamber Aug. 4 primary endorsements. 

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Announces Primary Election Endorsements for Johnson, Peters

DETROIT, July 3, 2012 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) Board of Directors announced endorsements for State Senator Bert Johnson and U.S. Representative Gary Peters in key congressional races in the primary and general elections in Michigan.

“With districts redrawn, this year’s choices for several of the key races are even more difficult than usual, pitting many great candidates and incumbents against each other,” said the Chamber’s Vice President of Government Affairs Brad Williams. “However, the Chamber PAC Board remains committed to its tradition of putting partisan politics aside and endorsing the candidates we believe best align with the Chamber’s pro-business goals and good public policy. While no candidate aligns 100 percent with the Chamber’s policy positions, I am confident in these candidates’ ability to usher through legislation that will help move the economic needle and improve the quality in life in Southeast Michigan.”

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Chamber PAC Board of Directors made endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members and personal interviews with leading candidates interested in the Chamber’s endorsement.

In the race for the 14th Congressional District, the Chamber PAC Board faced a difficult choice between Congressmen Hansen Clarke and Gary Peters.

“There are no easy decisions in a primary election featuring quality people like Gary Peters and Hansen Clarke,” Williams said. “Congressman Clarke is a relentless advocate for our community whose work ethic is only outpaced by his integrity. However, Gary Peters’ leadership potential in the Congress and track record of effectiveness speaks for itself. We believe he will make a fine representative for this diverse new district.”

In the 13th Congressional District, the Chamber’s PAC announced it would support current State Senator Bert Johnson.

“Bert Johnson has been one of the rising stars in Michigan politics over the past few years. With all the gridlock paralyzing politics at the federal level, his no-nonsense approach, commitment to producing results and fresh perspective will serve us well in Washington, D.C,” Williams said.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit

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