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How to vote in Michigan’s primary election

The Detroit News

Michigan voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the presidential primary election.

This year’s race has captured the interest of potentially thousands of new primary voters in Michigan. Here’s what you need to know before you head to the polls.

Michigan has a closed primary, meaning you have to choose when you arrive at the polling place whether you want a Republican or Democratic ballot. If you try to vote on both sides of the ballot, it will be disqualified. So be careful.

You don’t have to be a formal member of a party to participate. Any registered voter can request a ballot. You do have to make your selection in writing, but that does not lock you into any future obligations. The Michigan’s Secretary of State office has compiled a list of questions and answers about the primary election here. And find out how to mark your ballot.

And while this is a presidential primary election, there may be other things on your local ballot. Click your county for more: Macomb | Oakland | Wayne

Voters can find out if they are registered, download sample ballots and look up their voting precinct and poll location on the Secretary of State's elections website at

Election Day voting procedure

The polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

On Election Day, voters will be asked to show a photo identification card at the polls. If they do not have a photo ID, they can still vote, but must sign an affidavit attesting that they're not in possession of their ID.

Voters are prohibited from wearing or displaying election-related materials, such as buttons, clothing, pamphlets or stickers at polling places or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.

Those who register to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which they participate. The restriction does not apply to voters who are 60 or older, active duty military, overseas or disabled.

Absentee ballots

The deadline to get an absentee ballot mailed by a local clerk expired on Saturday. But registered voters who applied for absentee ballots must return their ballots to the local clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day for their votes to count.

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Source: Michigan Secretary of State