County clerk’s office gives details about May 5 special election

GENESEE COUNTY — Clerk John Gleason’s office reminds residents the May 5 Special Election is being conducted as a “mail-in” election. There will be no polling locations open for in-person voting on Election Day.

This means voters must request an absentee ballot by written application and a ballot will be mailed to them. The voter can then vote that ballot and return the voted ballot to their city or township clerk.

Because we are now only two business days from Election Day, it is recommended that voted absentee ballots be returned by placing them in the drop box at your city or township clerk’s office rather than placing them in the mail.

This will assure that your voted ballot is received and counted. If it can be avoided, voters should not wait until Election Day to drop off their ballot.

All ballots received by 8 p.m. on May 5, will be processed. City and Township clerk’s offices are open some hours the weekend prior to Election Day. Voters will be allowed to request absentee ballots, vote absentee ballots, and register to vote during these hours.

On May 2, clerk’s offices that will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. are Atlas Township, Birch Run Township, Clio City, Flushing Township, Genesee Township, Grand Blanc City, Grand Blanc Township, Mt. Morris Township, Mundy Township, Thetford Township, and Vienna Township.

Holly Township will be open on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Burton City and Mt. Morris City will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Montrose Township will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pursuant to Michigan State Law, individuals are permitted to register to vote on Election Day. Also, for the May Election, any voter who has not requested or received an absent voter ballot in the mail is eligible for an absent voter ballot to be issued in person at the city or township clerk’s office.

City and Township Clerk’s Offices will be affording limited access to their buildings on Election Day for these purposes. All social distancing guidelines will be necessary. Individuals will be required to wear a cloth covering or other mask over their nose and mouth. If a line forms, individuals must remain at least 6 feet apart.

Photo identification or some other proof of residency will be required so make sure to bring those items with you. Again, due to the current health crisis, it is recommended that individuals register to vote and vote absentee prior to Election Day.

Individuals who are not already registered to vote are encouraged to print off an application form from the internet and place it in the drop box at their city or township clerk’s office. Such individuals should attach a photocopy of their photo identification along with the registration application.

The Bureau of Elections mailed absentee ballot application forms to every registered voter within the school districts of Bentley, Clio, Grand Blanc, and Mt. Morris. If you did not receive one, call your city or township clerk’s office and ask for one.

Due to slowness with the mail service, some voters are reporting that they have not receive ballots that were properly requested. When you send an application for an absentee ballot, you should receive the ballot back within five days. If five days have passed and you still have no ballot, call the city or township clerk’s office to request another. — G.G.