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Posted on: January 9, 2024

City Clerk Announces Details Regarding State’s Primary Election in February

Early Voting in East Lansing February 17-25, 2024 in green and white below the City logo

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The East Lansing City Clerk’s office is sharing details for voters in advance of Michigan’s Presidential Primary Election in February.

Recently, the Ingham County Clerk mailed a flyer to voters with information about how to be added to the Permanent Mail Ballot List. Voters who had previously indicated that they wanted to be placed on the Permanent Mail Ballot List have been mailed a form indicating which ballot style they prefer (either Democrat or Republican). 

The ballot style form must be returned before the City Clerk’s office can send a ballot. To make the process easier for voters, all election mail has prepaid postage. Voters also have the option to email a photo of the ballot-style form to cityclerk@cityofeastlansing.com

The ballot-style requirement ONLY applies to the Presidential Primary Election, scheduled this year for Feb. 27 and subsequently every four years. In all other elections, ballots will be automatically processed for those who are on the Permanent Mail Ballot List.

Those Permanent Mail Ballot List voters who have returned their ballot-style form will be mailed the Presidential Primary ballot beginning Thursday, Jan. 18. This timeframe will allow recipients ample time for review and submission before the Feb. 27 Primary Election. 

“Our office understands that multiple mailings may be confusing to voters; however, the mailings are required by law in order to comply with Proposal 2022-2 passed by voters,” said East Lansing City Clerk Marie Wicks. “We are available to answer questions by phone or e-mail, and we are committed to ensuring every voter seeking a ballot for this election receives one.”

The East Lansing City Clerk’s office will also operate two Early Voting Centers (EVC) for the Presidential Primary Election in February. The EVCs will open on Saturday, Feb. 17 and run through Sunday, Feb. 25 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day. Voters will have their choice of two locations for early voting. Option one is near downtown at 405 Grove Street, with parking available in the City Hall lot on Linden Street. The other location is on Michigan State University’s campus in the STEM building, 642 Red Cedar Road. 

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