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Posted on: September 21, 2020

City of East Lansing Recognizes National Voter Registration Day

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In honor of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the East Lansing City Clerk’s office is encouraging East Lansing citizens to register to vote or verify their current voter registration is up to date for the upcoming November 3, 2020 General Election at www.mi.gov/vote.  

“It is very important for voters to keep their registration information up to date, including our student population,” said East Lansing City Clerk Jennifer Shuster. “If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state i.d., now is the time to take five minutes and look your information up online to make sure everything is current and accurate. That information can be updated online through Oct. 19. After that, voters will need to come to their local clerk’s office with proof of residency.”

The East Lansing City Clerk staff have taken several steps to better serve voters this election season, including installing a second teller window at the City Clerk’s office in East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road. Additionally, a satellite City Clerk’s office will open at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center (ELHCC), 819 Abbot Road, beginning Oct. 5. At both locations, community members will be able to register to vote, vote early (beginning Sept. 24 at City Hall) and turn in their voted ballots.

For residents voting by mail, the City Clerk’s office will be including pre-paid postage return envelopes with absentee voter (AV) ballots. The City Clerk’s office is also implementing the TrackMIBallot election mail tracking system for AV ballots, which allows voters to track their ballots through the mailing process and verify it was received. Additionally, the City Clerk’s office has mailed AV ballot applications to all registered voters who haven’t applied for a November ballot using grant funds awarded by the Center for Tech and Civic Life.

Voters will also have the opportunity to drop off their ballots at two new ballot drop box locations. In addition to the existing ballot drop box in the north lot of East Lansing City Hall, ballot drop boxes will be installed soon at the MSU-CATA Transportation Center, 592 N. Shaw Lane, and the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road.

The City Clerk’s office will also be participating in multiple virtual events to help educate the community and students on registering to vote and options to vote absentee, including a Voter Registration Virtual Rally co-hosted by the Michigan State Athletics Department and MSUVote on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m., featuring special guest Tom Izzo. Learn more.

Details about the satellite office at ELHCC, the new drop boxes and other virtual events will be shared once finalized.

Community members can learn more about National Voter Registration Day at https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ and by viewing the resolution approved by the East Lansing City Council on Sept. 8. Community members with questions about the upcoming election can contact the City Clerk’s office at (517) 319-6914.

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