(WWJ) With Election 2020 just three days away, you may be concerned your vote won’t be counted because your mail-in or absentee ballot got lost in the post.
Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel, said thousands of ballots across Michigan are at risk of not arriving on time, especially in Detroit.
“The post office is experiencing significant delays,” she told WWJ.
Detroit ranked dead last in a list of nearly 70 major American cities for on-time postal deliveries, according to Nessel.
“We’re going to make a request in federal court that the post office deliver any outstanding ballots in their possession,” Nessel said.
Fortunately, you can put your mind at ease.
Any Michigan resident can confirm their ballot got to where it needs to be at this website.
Once at the Michigan Voter Information Center; you have the option to search by name, birthdate and zip code, or by driver’s license number. You do not need your ballot number.
You will be able to see the date your ballot was received, if it has. Other information--including the date you submitted your application and sent in your ballot will show up.
Your clerk’s name and contact information; your drop box location; and your polling location are all available on the same screen.
If your ballot has not been received, don’t lose hope.
“I’m going to recommend that you go to your clerk’s office or the polls on November 3rd and cancel your old ballot, and say you want to vote now because you (the clerk) haven’t received it yet,” Nessel said.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said an estimated 5 million Michiganders, possibly more, will vote this Election. Between 2.6 and 2.7 million residents have already turned in their ballots. 3.3 million have requested them.
Your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day to be counted. The deadline to turn it in via mail has already passed. If you do not plan to vote in person, Benson urges you to hand deliver your ballot directly to your election clerk or official drop box.
If you're not registered, you can still vote. But you must go to your city or township's clerk office in person by 8 p.m. Tuesday with a document showing proof of residency including: Michigan driver’s license or state ID, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check or another government document. More information on Voter Registration here.
President Donald Trump won Michigan by about 10,000 votes in 2016; and took all of the state’s 16 Electoral votes.