LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Tuesday is primary election day, and it’s a big one for Republicans as they will choose who they want to challenge Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.
Clerks are working around the clock to make sure everything goes smoothly.
“Touching base with clerks, precinct workers, making sure we have good cell phone numbers for everybody and ready to go,” Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said.
Polls opened Tuesday at 7 a.m. and will stay open until 8 p.m. and you can register to vote in person at your clerk’s office. Eligible residents must provide official proof of residency.
Registered voters can cast their ballot at their polling location.
If you’re mailing in an absentee ballot, make sure to return it to your designated drop box or local clerk’s office by hand on Tuesday, August 2.
In addition to the primary election for governor, there will be several millage and bond proposals across Michigan.
There are primaries for more than a dozen state Senate and House races across mid-Michigan, as well as county commissioner seats in Ingham, Eaton, Jackson, and several other counties.
Voters in Ingham and Eaton counties will also vote on juvenile justice millages.
Over in Meridian Township, voters will decide whether or not to allow marijuana shops.
To better accommodate all voters, Meridian Township’s Board has approved the creation of three new precinct locations.
Meanwhile, election officials in East Lansing said they’re pretty active, too.
“We’re very busy in the East Lansing City Clerk’s office this season in 2022,” East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster said. “Voters are engaged more than ever now.”
Officials are reminding everyone to head to the state of Michigan’s voting website to see a sample ballot before heading to the polls.
“I think it’s very important for voters to be educated before they head out to the polls on election day, so viewing that sample ballot is very helpful. Especially when this is a primary, they’re also going to want to be engaged with those ballot marking instructions,” Shuster said.
That means voters can’t split their ticket or cross over with their votes in the partisan section columns.
Byrum said absentee voting has tremendously increased.
“So, Michigan now, we have no-reason absentee voting. And more and more individuals are choosing to vote absentee which is safe and secure,” Byrum said.
She’s urging voters to hand-return their ballots as soon as possible.
“Individuals who have an absentee ballot, they can turn it over at the polling location and be issued a new precinct ballot,” the Ingham County Clerk said. “Or they can take it to their clerk’s office and give it to their local clerk, but ballots must be in the possession of the local clerk by the time polls close 8 p.m. on election day.”
Election officials tell 6 News if you wanted to register to vote or update your voter registration, just bring your proof of residency and you can go through your local clerk’s office until the polls close on election day.