Election countdown: Everything you need to know

There are currently 160,472 registered voters in Livingston County, and as of Oct. 15, nearly 42 percent of them are voting via absentee ballot. According to Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley, clerks throughout Livingston County have issued 66,082 absentee ballots; of these, 32,062 have already been returned.

“This is an historic number of absentee ballots for us,” Hundley said.

In a release, Hundley outlined the following information for voters in Livingston County:

The Nov. 3, 2020 General Election is quickly approaching. Voters can help Election Day be a success by doing the following:

Check your voter registration before Election Day.

• You can check your voter registration status here.

• If you need to register to vote, you can register online here; or

— at a Secretary of State branch office; at your city, township or county clerk’s office;

— at any state agency that provides public assistance; or

— by mailing a completed voter registration application postmarked by Oct. 19, 2020.

After Oct. 19, all applications must be submitted in person to your city or township clerk.

Request your absentee ballot now if you want to vote before election day.

• Michigan election law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot prior to Election Day.

• Absentee ballots are processed on Election Day either in an absentee voter counting board or in the precinct by election inspectors on Election Day. Voters do NOT insert their absentee ballot in a tabulator.

• Learn more about applying for and voting an absentee ballot here.

• To avoid possible postal delays, we recommend voters appear in person at your city or township clerk to request or return an absentee ballot after Oct. 19, 2020.

• You can track your absentee ballot and verify it has been returned to your city or township clerk here.

Absentee ballots must be returned to your city or township clerk’s office.

Return your absentee ballot by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2020.

City and township clerks will be open at least 8 hours the weekend of Oct. 31, 2020.

• Local election offices must be open for 8 hours over the weekend before an election. Most offices are open for 8 hours on Saturday, but check with your city or township for exact times.

• Locate your city or township clerk here.

Locate your polling location before election day if you are voting in person.

• This simple step can save voters and clerks time and prevent frustration on Election Day.

• Voters can locate their polling location here.

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