Absentee ballots look a little different this year. The envelope from local municipalities is blue and white while the completed outgoing ballot is green and white. The change is intended to streamline processing for the postal service.
The presidential primary in Michigan is set for March 10 and absentee voters need to get their request for a ballot into the local clerk quickly. Absentee ballots are available to all registered voters in Michigan thanks to Proposal 3 in 2018 which granted “no-reason” absentee voting. The deadline for overseas voters to receive the ballots has already passed, but stateside voters have until March 6 to request a ballot by mail or online and can walk into their city or township clerk’s office to get a ballot by 4:00 p.m. on March 9. Voters need to get their completed ballots into the local clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on March 10. According to the St. Clair County Clerk’s website, as of January 20, there were several local millage and bond proposals along with the usual whittling down of presidential candidates, of which there are 19 democratic candidates who filed by the December 19 deadline and four Republican.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.