It was a very busy day at the Lansing City Clerk's office, as Chris Swope and his team prepares nearly 7,000 absentee ballots for mailing on Friday.
A crew of election workers is spending two days getting the first batch of ballots for the November election all ready to go.
"When you're an absentee voter, you actually get your ballot at home and you have a little bit of time to research it rather than standing there at a polling place" said Swope.
You have to meet one of six conditions under state law to vote absentee.
Swope is expecting to send out thousands more ballots over the coming weeks as more applications come in.
The deadline to request one is the Saturday before the election.