Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Northville City Clerk prepares for elections

A closed Presidential Primary is planned in Michigan for Tuesday, March 10, and City of Northville Clerk Dianne Massa is getting prepared.
While there is no political party registration requirement in Michigan election law, in this specific election, registered voters will need to make their ballot selection in writing before being issued a ballot (whether voting at the polls or by Absent Voter Ballot).
The March ballot selection does not affect voting in the Aug. 4 primary, which is an open primary. At that election, voters will be issued ballots containing all political parties and their candidates, and will select one of the parties in the privacy of the voting station, according to an advisory from the City of Northville.

The written ballot selection made at the Presidential Primary does not have any bearing on how a person votes in the general election for president, set for Nov. 3.
Voters can learn more about the Michigan Presidential Primary Election on the State of Michigan website. 
In Northville, Absent Voter (AV) applications have been mailed to voters on the automatic application list; they are also available on the Northville city website. Registered voters who want to be on the automatic application list are asked to complete and return the form provided on the website. Deadlines for Absent Voter ballots include: 5 p.m. Friday, March 6 which is the deadline for a voter to request an Absent Voter Ballot to be mailed by first class mail; Saturday, March 7 when the city clerk's office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for in-person AV ballot requests. Ballots may be voted at city hall or taken home and 4 p.m. Monday, March 9, which is  the deadline for registered voters to request an Absent Voter Ballot in-person at the clerk's office. Voters are not allowed to leave with the ballot on this day and must vote the ballot in person at city hall.