Election Day Update

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STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING
WILL BE ON THE NOVEMBER 8TH BALLOT

Janice M. Winfrey
Janice M. Winfrey

At the top of the year, the Michigan Legislature adopted a new law banning straight party voting in all regularly scheduled partisan General Elections. In July, the U.S. District Court ruled against the new law and, as such, Detroit voters can expect to vote in the traditional manner.
To vote the partisan section of the ballot, you may cast a “straight ticket,” a “split ticket” or a “mixed ticket.”
Straight Ticket: Vote the party of your choice and nothing further need to be done in the partisan section of the ballot.
Split Ticket: You may vote a straight ticket AND vote for individual candidates of your choice. Mixed Ticket: Vote for the individual candidates of your choice in each office.
The Nonpartisan and Proposal sections of the ballot must be voted individually.

THREE-PAGE BALLOT AND VOTER TURNOUT

Also worthy to note is the number of candidates and proposals that will appear on the ballot in the upcoming Presidential Election. Electors will be casting their votes on a three- page ballot. See a sample ballot on pages 3, 4 and 5. You may ll in your votes on the sample ballot, and then transfer them onto your official ballot when you get one.
Remember, for those who qualify, you may vote by absentee ballot. Beginning on October 11th, qualified electors may vote an absentee ballot in person at one of four satellites: Wayne County Community College’s Northwest and Eastern campuses, Patton Recreation Center and Rosa Parks Transit Center in Times Square.
We anticipate a vigorous turnout for this election and, as such, the Department of Elections has streamlined the process to make
it more efficient. When you arrive at your respective precinct, please be prepared to ll out an application to vote and present proper identification. If you present a Michigan Driver’s License or State ID, you will be processed by having your identification swiped through the electronic poll book. By swiping, your voter record will be updated and you will receive your ballot in a more efficient manner.
Please be prepared for Election Day in the following ways: (1) Study the sample ballot; (2) Know the candidate(s) you are voting for before Election Day by reviewing the enclosed sample ballot; (3) Study the proposals; and (4) Check your polling location ahead of time to be sure you go to the right place to cast your ballot.

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For more information, please call (313) 876-0190.

Satellite Absentee Voting


Beginning on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Department of Elections will have four satellite sites for those who are eligible to vote by Absentee Ballot. Those sites are as follows:

Wayne County Community College
Northwest Campus 8200 W. Outer Drive

Patton Recreation Center
2301 Woodmere St.

Wayne County Community College
Eastern Campus 5901 Conner

Rosa Parks Transit Center
Times Square 360 Michigan Avenue

Voting Hours will be:
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are:

• 60 years of age or older
• Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
• Expecting to be out of town on election day
• In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
• Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
• Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

You may also vote Absentee in person at the Detroit Department of Elections and the City Clerk’s office

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m

Saturdays will be scheduled based on demand.

General Election


TO VOTE: Completely darken the oval opposite each choice as shown:oval

IMPORTANT: To mark your ballot, use only a black or blue ink pen. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER INK COLOR!

PARTISAN SECTION: To vote the partisan section of the ballot, you may cast a “straight ticket,” a “split ticket” or a
“mixed ticket.”

Straight Ticket: Vote the party of your choice. Nothing further need be done in the partisan section.

Split Ticket: You may vote a straight ticket AND vote for individual candidates of your choice. Mixed Ticket: Vote for the individual candidates of your choice in each office.

NONPARTISAN and PROPOSAL SECTIONS of the ballot (if any) must be voted separately.

DO NOT vote for more candidates than indicated under each office title.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES: To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot, write or place the name of the candidate in the blank space provided and completely darken the oval. This must be done even if you cast a straight party vote. Do not cast a write-in vote for a candidate whose name is already printed on the ballot for that office.

CHECK BOTH SIDES OF BALLOT: This ballot has two sides. Be certain to check the reverse side of the ballot.

WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED VOTING: Place the ballot in the secrecy sleeve so that votes cannot be seen and the numbered stub is visible. Return the ballot to the election official stationed at the tabulator. (If voting by absentee ballot, follow the instructions provided by the clerk for returning the ballot.)

NOTE: If you make a mistake, return your ballot to the election official and obtain a new ballot. Do not attempt to erase or correct any marks made in error.

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