Voter registration quickly approaching, what you need to know

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Who will be Michigan’s next governor? Will voters pass the proposal to legalize marijuana across the state? These are just a few pressing issues that lie in the hands of voters this November.

“We live in a democracy and we are given a right to vote and make decisions the majority rules and if you don’t vote, you don’t have an opportunity to complain,” said Flo Baerren.

Baerren lives in Lansing and dropped off her absentee ballot on Sunday today. She says voting absentee allows her to do more research on what she’s voting for.

“It also gives me the opportunity as I’m going through the ballot to be able to look on the internet to see the qualifications of the people who are running,” Baerren stated.

But Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope says there are guidelines under Michigan law people need to meet in order to be issued an absentee ballot.

“The most common ones are that you’re 60 years of age or older, you expect to be absent from the community on Election Day,” said Swope.

Swope says at this point the city clerk’s office has issued more than 8300 absentee ballots and while that seems like a lot, Swope says most people on Election Day head to the polls to cast their vote and he predicts those will be packed next month.

“People really seem interested and excited with this election,” Swope stated.

So what should you keep in mind?

Swope says if you’re voting absentee, you can pick the ballot up in person or it can be mailed out to you until 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

You can also pick up an absentee ballot until 4 p.m. the day before.

But if you’re registering to vote for the first time…

”You can go in person to any secretary of state branch office, your county clerk or your city or township clerk,” said Swope.

But ultimately, Swope and Baerren say just get out and vote.

“Get our and use your voice, vote!” Baerren stated.

“Make your voice heard you know there are so many decisions made at the state, national and local level that directly impact your daily life,” said Swope.

The polls will be from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

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