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Posted on: September 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Absent Voter Ballots

THERE'S STILL TIME!

Voters can register to vote through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day or apply for an absentee ballot through 4:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2020 at the City of Richmond City Hall.   City Hall is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  The City Clerk will be at City Hall on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

EARLY VOTING

Voters can come into City Hall to apply for and receive an absent voter ballot. You can vote right at City Hall and drop it off in the drop box before you leave! Ballots are held in a secure location until they are counted on Election Day. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY AV BALLOT IS COUNTED?

There is a lot of misinformation out there that are leading people to believe that their vote is not going to count or absentee ballots only count if the race is close or that ballots are thrown away based on the party voted for. That is simply not true!

  • Every absentee ballot that is returned to the City Clerk is counted! You can see if you ballot was received by going to www.mi.gov/vote
  • All ballots are counted. Period. It does not matter if the race is close or not. 
  • We have absolutely no way of knowing what party someone voted for. We do not require registration in a political party, everyone gets the same ballot, and there are no “identifying” markings or numbers on absentee ballots.

 NAKED BALLOTS

If a voter returns an absentee ballot without a secrecy sleeve, it WILL COUNT! 

The Absent Voter Counting Board has a strict protocol to ensure the secrecy of the ballot!

WHAT IF I RECEIVED AN AV BALLOT, BUT WANT TO VOTE AT THE POLL?

Voters who received an absent voter ballot but choose to vote in-person on Election Day can do so by surrendering their absent voter ballot at the precinct or signing an Affidavit of Absent Voter.

MAILINGS, TEXTS, AND EMAILS ... OH, MY!

Third party and special interest groups, including political parties, are experts at data mining. Voters' phone numbers and emails did NOT come from voter records. 

Also, these entities are using old voting lists to contact voters about their absentee ballots even after voters have returned their ballots. No mailings, texts, or emails are coming from the City Clerk, with the exception of us reaching out if there is an issue with the signature on your ballot. 

If voters receive a mailing that they have not returned their ballot, even though they have, they can check the status of their ballot at www.mi.gov/vote to confirm. 

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