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February 17, 2012

UNDATED (My TV20 News at 10) --- More than ever, your voice needs to be heard this election year.

Voters in Michigan -- your vote -- will play a vital role to determine who becomes our next President. The information below will help you prepare to vote and to be informed.

When are Elections being held this year?

GOP [Republican] Presidential Primary February 28, 2012
Non-Binding Democratic Primary February 28, 2012
Democratic Precinct Caucuses May 5, 2012*
Michigan State Primary August 7, 2012
Michigan State General Election November 6, 2012

When do I have to register in order to vote in these elections?

The final day to register to vote in the August primary is July 9, 2012. October 9, 2012 is the deadline to register so that you can vote in the November General Election.

Which offices are being elected in 2012?

President/Vice President
U.S. Senator [1 seat]
U.S. Representatives in Congress [all 14 newly reconfigured districts]
State Representatives [all 110 news reconfigured districts]
State Board of Education [2 seats]
U of M Regents [2 seats]
MSU Trustees [2 seats]
Wayne State Governors [2 seats]
Justide of the Supreme Court
Judge: Court of Appeals, Circuit Court, District Court, Probate
County Offices, Specified Village Offices and School District Positions

OF NOTE: Senate elections will not take place in Michigan until 2014.

For more information on federal elections, you can contact the Federal Election Commission 999 East Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463 or by calling toll free 1-800-424-9530.

How long are the polls open?

I don’t have much time for lunch.
Lucky you! You can cast your vote before you go to work, at lunch time or after dinner as polls are open on February 28, 2012 from 7:00am until 8:00pm.

Do I have to show my ID to vote?

Make sure to take your Driver’s License or other government-issued photo ID to the polls. If you forgot, lost or misplaced you ID, don’t be dismayed as you’ll still be able to cast your ballot. You’ll have to sign an affidavit saying that you didn’t bring along your ID, or you don’t have one.

Where’s my polling place?...I have no idea.

If you moved, or if you know that your polling places have been moved, all you need to do is call your local City, County or Township Clerk’s office or contact them online. You can also log on to the State of Michigan’s Web site at or: Michigan Dept. of State; Bureau of Elections; P.O. Box 20126; Lansing, MI 48901 or by calling 1-517-373-0941.

Wayne County City Clerk: click here.

Oakland County City Clerk: click here.

Macomb County City Clerk: click here

Now you’re all set and ready to exercise your right to get out and vote.

*MI Democratic Caucus: Participation in Michigan’s delegate selection process is open to all voters who wish to participate as Democrats. Voters will declare that they are participating as Democrats before they receive their ballots.

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