Five Things to Know Before You Vote

Here are Five Helpful Things to Know Before you Vote in the November General Election

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If you are planning to vote in person at the polls on Election Day, be aware that some voter precincts in Rochester Hills have been moved to facilitate COVID-19 safe practices. If you live in Rochester Hills precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, 13, 15, 22, 23, 24, 27, or 30, your voting location has been moved temporarily for this election. All other precincts will vote in their usual locations. Find your temporary precinct location or call the Rochester Hills City Clerk’s office at 248-656-4630 if you have questions about where to vote.

This November’s ballot is a long one, with lots of national, state, and local races to consider, along with several ballot proposals. You can download a sample copy of your precinct’s ballot. Studying your sample ballot ahead of time will allow you to make sure that you are prepared to make choices for all of the races, and will minimize the possibility that you will accidentally spoil your ballot while marking it.

A voter’s guide prepared by the League of Women Voters is available online.

This handy guide can be personalized to present basic information about the candidates running for each office in your area. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government.

If you have already voted by absentee ballot and wish to change your vote, you may request that your city or township clerk “spoil” your original ballot and issue you a new one. To spoil an absentee ballot that has already been returned to your local clerk, you must spoil your ballot in person at your clerk’s office by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 2. If you have already marked your absentee ballot but have not returned it to your clerk yet, you may spoil that ballot in person at your clerk’s office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 2. If you have any questions about spoiling your absentee ballot, call your local clerk’s office as soon as possible. As Election Day draws nearer, your clerk’s office will become busier and busier.

If you will be going to your polling place on Election Day, remember that Michigan law prohibits the display of election-related material at polling places. This includes clothing, campaign buttons and stickers, or campaign literature. You may not enter a polling place or come within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place while displaying such items. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, a precinct worker will ask you to cover it or remove it, in accordance with state law.

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