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Drop boxes offered for absentee voters

While it’s now likely too late to mail an absentee ballot for Tuesday’s primary election, local drop boxes are available in a number of Michigan municipalities.

“Voters should get their absentee ballots returned as quickly as possible,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “This close to the primary, Michiganders should return their absentee ballots to their clerk’s office directly, or submit them via their local ballot drop box, in order to ensure their vote is counted.”

Michigan law states all ballots must be received by the clerk by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. Voters may only return their ballot to the drop box of their city or township.

A list of drop boxes is available online at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Ballot_Dropbox_Locations_697191_7.pdf.

Outdoor drop boxes for Dickinson County include:

— Breitung Township, 3851 Menominee St., Quinnesec, at the rear of township offices in the parking lot to the left of the board room entrance.

— City of Kingsford, 305 S. Carpenter Ave., Kingsford.

— Norway Township, N1732 Mission St., Vulcan, located in the mail slot of treasurer’s office door.

— Waucedah Township, W3930 Morgan St., Loretto, located on the side of the building.

Outdoor drop boxes in Iron County include:

— Bates Township, 3070 U.S. 2, Iron River.

— Crystal Falls Township, 1384 West U.S. 2, Crystal Falls.

— Iron River Township, 102 McNutt Road, Iron River.

— Mansfield Township, 2904 Highway M-69, Crystal Falls

— Mastodon Township, 1371 U.S. 2 South, Crystal Falls.

In Menominee County, Meyer Township has an outdoor drop box at W5480 First St., Hermansville.

All absentee ballot requests should now be made in person at the clerk’s office and voters should prepare to both request and vote their ballot in the same visit. Ballots can be requested, filled out and immediately returned to the clerk through 4 p.m. Monday. Those still needing to register and then request and fill out a ballot can do so at their clerk’s office through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Absentee voting is on the rise following the approval of no-reason absentee voting in 2018 and has been emphasized as a safer option than in-person voting during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Voting gives a voice to the people, and if you want your voice to be heard, be sure to fill out your absentee ballot and stop at your local clerk’s office before Tuesday night,” Benson said.

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