First absentee ballots sent to Michigan military & overseas voters

Posted at 1:41 PM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 13:41:22-04

The Michigan Department of State announced the first military and overseas (MOVE) voter absentee ballots were sent over the weekend.

Clerks will continue to mail ballots on an ongoing basis as they are requested, and MOVE voters can request ballots emailed or faxed to them.

Also, to avoid postal delays, MOVE voters can utilize a federal write-in ballot to expedite the voting process. Under Michigan law, the federal write-in election ballot can be used to vote for all offices on the ballot, not just federal races.

“In a year where the data is already telling us we’re going to have record-breaking turnout, it is critical we take every step possible to ensure all voices are heard and all votes are counted,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “The federal write-in ballot provides another important tool to ensure our military and overseas voters are able to participate in our democracy and exercise their right to vote.”

For more information on the FWAB, voters can visit