Clerks offer tips for voters

GENESEE COUNTY — The Tuesday, Nov. 8, general election is coming up fast and local clerks have issued important information for voters to keep in mind.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

To save time and frustration, find out where to vote at:

Sample ballots are available on the Genesee County Clerk’s Election Division website at county_ clerks1/election_ division.php.

Cell phones are prohibited at the polls.

Photographing ballots is strictly prohibited and such ballots will be considered “exposed ballots” and must be rejected. Those voters will not be allowed to vote again in this election.

There is NO campaigning within 100 feet of polling places. Campaign hats and buttons must be left in your vehicles or at home. If you’re wearing a campaign T-shirt, you will be instructed to turn it inside out or keep your coat closed.

Bring photo identification. Acceptable forms are a valid Michigan driver’s license or state-issued ID, passport or student ID. People who do not possess a photo ID may sign affidavits of no identification.

Write-in stickers are not allowed. They jam the machines.

Voters do not have to choose candidates for all offices.

Straight-party voting is allowed.

The township clerks’ offices will be open Saturday, Nov. 5, for absentee voters from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Absentee ballots can be picked up and turned in by Monday, Nov. 7th at 4 p.m. Ballots picked up on Monday may not leave the office.

Absentee voters have been issued replacement ballots with letters explaining that, due to an error at the printer, voting machines were unable to read the original ballots. Voters must return the replacement ballots, if not, votes on original votes will be copied onto good ballots.

You can keep track of local election results election night, at the county’s Election Division website: county_ clerks1/election_ division.php

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