Secretary of State urges AV ballots to be hand-delivered


By Charles Sercombe
As most of us have noticed, mail delivery has slowed down since the coronavirus pandemic broke out.
That’s because a number of US postal workers have been affected by the virus, and the workload is being shouldered by fewer employees.
With that in mind, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is urging anyone voting by absentee ballot (AV), who has not returned it yet, to drop it off at their city clerk’s office instead of mailing it.
In Hamtramck, the city clerk’s office is in city hall, where there is also an outdoor drop-off box located across from the front doors of the building.
The city clerk’s office will be open this Saturday (Aug. 1) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can use the drop box anytime.
Absentee ballots must be received by the city clerk by the end of the election next Tuesday (Aug. 4).
So far, there have been close to 2 million absentee ballots issued statewide. More than 900,000 have been returned.
In Hamtramck, 3,566 absentee ballots have been issued, and 1,504 have been returned.
By those numbers alone, voter participation for this primary election will eclipse the one held in 2018, when 3,540 voters turned out.
Posted July 31, 2020

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