Information for August 2 Election

Sunday, July 31, 2016, 11:50 am
Alice Dreger

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 marks an election day for registered East Lansing voters. Because there are no elections that are specifically limited to citizens of our city, ELi will not be providing the extensive coverage we typically do for East Lansing-specific elections. Here we bring you just the basics of this election:

Election day is Tuesday, August 2, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find out if you’re registered to vote, find out where you vote, and see a sample ballot by going to a dedicated page provided by the State.

This is a primary election for various offices, including for Republican and Democratic party candidates for Congress and the Michigan State Legislature, for county prosecuting attorneys, county sheriffs, county clerks and registers of deeds, county treasurers, county drain commissioners, county commissioners and so on. East Lansing straddles two counties, Ingham and Clinton, so ballots will vary from precinct to precinct. Many but not all candidates are running unopposed. Again, you can see what your specific ballot will look like via the State’s online system.

East Lansing’s City Clerk Marie Wicks asked us to remind voters that, for the primaries, “voters must vote one party or another”—there are no “split tickets.” So, for example, if you vote in the Democratic primary for County Prosecutor, you can then only vote in the Democratic primaries, not any of the Republican primaries.

Various proposals are also on the non-partisan part of the ballots this election for all voters to consider. In Ingham County, these include a millage for public transportation for the elderly and disabled; a millage for an animal control shelter replacement and operation; a millage for 911 emergency service; and a millage for the juvenile justice system. In Clinton County, there is also a question about funding 911 emergency services. The full texts of the proposals can be seen on the sample ballots available via the State’s online system.

If you are registered to vote in East Lansing and need to vote absentee, you can get an application online or by stopping it at the City Clerk’s office which is located in East Lansing’s City Hall, 410 Abbot Road.

The City Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will also be open for this election on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for voters who want to obtain and submit absentee ballots.

City Clerk Marie Wicks also asked us to let readers know that the “ballot receptacle” now located in the north parking lot at city Hall (see above) is an easy way to drop off applications for absentee ballots as well as absentee ballots themselves. She says, “It is locked and secure and we check it several times a day.”

Wicks adds that the State’s dedicated website “allows voters to track their absentee ballots so they know when our office has received them (as mandated by the state).”

Wicks and her office staff are always happy to answer voter questions by phone (517-319-6914) or email.

Want to be an election worker? Wicks tells us, “we are looking for election workers!” She says that while the August election will only require about four workers per campus precinct, the November election will require fifteen or more per precinct. Read more about how and why to become a paid East Lansing election worker in a special report from ELi.


(Note: This article was originally published on July 8, 2016.)

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