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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Frequently Asked Questions concerning:
When are the polls open on election day?
Polls open on election day at 7:00 A.M. and close at 8:00 P.M. You will be allowed to vote after 8:00 P.M. as long as you are in line before 8:00 P.M.
Are rides provided on election day?
The local transportation system - CATA (517-394-1000) will provide rides election day upon showing your voter registration card.
Is there assistance available at the precincts?
If you need help in voting you can request assistance from one of the pollworkers.
Can someone else assist me in voting other than pollworkers?
You can have anyone assist you to vote except your union steward or your employer.
Are the voting precincts handicap accessible?
Yes, all of the precincts in the City of Lansing are handicap accessible.
Will I need to bring any identification on election day?
Every voter will be asked for Photo Identification. If you do not have ID with you when you vote, you will be required to sign an affidavit of voter not in posession of ID. Using your Michigan Drivers License for identification will speed up the voting process.
Can I register to vote on election day and then vote?
You can register to vote but you will not be able to vote on election day, because you must be registered to vote 30 days prior to an election.
For this August Primary election, will I be able to split my ballot when I vote?
In primary elections you cannot split your vote for partisan races, that is voting for one party and then voting for another party in another race. Doing so will void your vote for all the partisan races.
I will be absent on election day, can I still vote?
Yes, you can vote by absentee ballot by calling your local clerks office 517-483-4133 or come into the City Clerks office, 9th floor, 124 W. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933, to obtain an application form to receive a absentee ballot.
What is an absentee ballot?
An absentee ballot is for people who are registered to vote but are unable to attend the polls on election day.
I registered to vote using the mail-in form, can I vote absentee?
Under election law you cannot vote by absentee ballot if you used the mail-in form to register to vote for the first time. You must vote in person the first time you vote. After voting in person you may receive an absentee ballot for future elections. However, if you are over 60 years of age or handicapped and registered to vote using the mail-in form you are allowed to vote by absentee ballot.
Who is eligible to received an absentee ballot?
To receive an absentee ballot one of the following must be true:
- You must be 60 years of age or older.
- Expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
- Physically unable to attend the polls without assistance of another.
- You cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion.
- You are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
- You have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside.
How can I apply for an absentee ballot?
Call your local clerks office and request an application for an absentee ballot. You can also write to your local clerk requesting an absentee ballot or stop into the office to apply.
How soon do I need to request an absentee ballot?
You can request an absentee ballot up to 75 days before the election. Absentee ballot applications can be requested to be sent to you up to the Saturday before the election. As this date is close to the election it may be best to come to our office and vote your absentee ballot. Our office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. the Saturday before each election.
Is there some way that I can automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election?
The City of Lansing maintains a permanent absentee list. To qualify to be put on our permanent absentee list you must be over 60 years of age or physically unable to attend the polls. After being placed on this list you will receive an application for an absentee ballot. You will receive an absentee ballot application for every election, that you will need to fill out and sign, to receive your absentee ballot.
How can I be put on the permanent absentee list?
You can call or write our office to be placed on the absentee permanent list. The address is City Clerks Office, 9th Floor, City Hall, 124 W. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI. 48933-1695. Our phone number is (517)483-4133.
I'm in the military service or overseas, how can I vote?
You can contact your commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot (FPCA), if you are a citizen overseas you can contact your Consulate Office.
Can I come to your office and cast my absentee ballot?
Yes, you can come into the City Clerks office on the 9th floor of City Hall and cast your absentee ballot prior to election day.
Can an absentee ballot be sent to me if I 'm out of City, State or Country?
Yes, an absentee ballot can be sent out of the City, State or Country. This address needs to be stated on your absentee ballot application.
Can an absentee ballot be sent to a Post Office Box?
We can mail your absentee ballot to your Post Office Box, however to send it, you must also include your full Lansing address.
Can anyone drop off my absentee ballot?
Only an immediate family member, a person residing in the same household or an assistant of the clerk may deliver your absentee ballot to the clerk's office.
What are the hours that I can cast my absentee ballot in your office?
Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and the Saturday before the election, 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
I made a mistake on my absentee ballot, can I receive another absentee ballot?
If you spoil your ballot in any way, you can receive another absentee ballot by first calling our office at (517) 483-4133. We will void your old absentee ballot and then issue you a new one.
When is the last day an absentee ballot can be mailed from your office?
The latest an absentee ballots can be mailed is the Saturday before any election. As this date is close to the election date you may wish to come to our office on the 9th floor of City Hall to vote your absentee ballot. Our office will be open that Saturday before the election until 2:00 P.M..
When is the last day and time an absentee ballot can be dropped off?
Absentee ballots can be dropped off in the City Clerk's Office on election day. Keep in mind that this will have to reach the absentee counting board by 8:00 P.M. or it will not be counted.
When is the last day that I can vote an absentee ballot in your office?
The last day you can cast an absentee ballot in our office is the day before an election by 4:00 P.M.
Can you cast an absentee ballot on election day?
Normally you cannot vote an absentee ballot on election day. However, if an emergency has occurred, such as you have been hospitalized on election day, or sickness or death has occurred in your family which will not allow you to go to the polls, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot. You will need to contact our office if this has occurred.
Can I drop off my absentee ballot at my voting precinct?
No, you cannot drop off your absentee ballot at your voting precinct, you must bring your absentee ballot to the City Clerk's Office.
Can I vote at my voting precinct after I have voted an absentee ballot?
Yes, in order to do so, you must take your absentee ballot to your voting precinct. The pollworker will then void your ballot, and then you may vote in a normal manner.