Michigan Primary 2020: You can no longer change your absentee ballot if it's been returned

Posted at 2:23 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 14:23:31-05

UPDATE: The deadline to spoil your absentee ballot was 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 if it was returned to the clerk's office. If it was not returned, you have until 4 p.m. Monday

With several candidates who have dropped out of the race ahead of Michigan's presidential primary, those who may have voted absentee for a candidate not in the race can change their ballot.

In fact, if you have voted absentee, you can change your vote for any reason.

You can spoil your ballot by submitting a written request to their city or township clerk.

The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail.

An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

Get an absentee ballots

All voters can now vote early through absentee without a reason.

You can get an application at your county, township and city clerk's office or at, and mailed-in applications must be received by Friday, March 6. You can also drop off the application in person at the township or city clerk's office by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9 to get your ballot.

You then complete your ballot, sign it and submit it by dropping it off in person at the township or city clerk office or return it through the mail. Ballots must be signed and received by 8 p.m. on election day.