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Posted on: September 14, 2020

November 3, 2020 General Election Information

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With the November 3, 2020 General Election just around the corner, community members are encouraged to keep the following in mind: 

  • All registered Michigan voters can request an absentee ballot without providing a reason.

  • Through Oct. 19, individuals can register to vote or update their voter registration status online at mi.gov/vote. Absentee ballots can also be requested online at mi.gov/vote. After Oct. 19, eligible East Lansing voters can still register to vote or update their voter registration status in person at the East Lansing City Clerk’s main office, 410 Abbot Road, or satellite office, 819 Abbot Road, with proof of residency. After Oct. 19, it is also recommended by the Michigan Secretary of State that absentee ballots be requested in person at your local clerk's office to avoid potential postal delays.

  • At both the East Lansing City Clerk's main office, 410 Abbot Road, and satellite office, 819 Abbot Road, eligible East Lansing voters may register to vote and update their voter registration with proof of residency. At both locations, voters may also apply for an absentee ballot and vote early. The offices will have regular and expanded hours through Election Day:

    East Lansing City Clerk's Main Office, 410 Abbot Road
    Normal Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
    Expanded Hours:
    Saturday, Oct. 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
    Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day) from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

East Lansing City Clerk's Satellite Office, 819 Abbot Road (located at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center)
Normal Business Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Expanded Hours:
Saturday, Oct. 31 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 3 (Election Day) from 6 a.m.-8 p.m.

  • If returning a voted absentee ballot by mail, it is recommended that it be mailed at least two weeks prior to the election.

  • Voted absentee ballots can also be dropped off in the ballot drop boxes located in the East Lansing community or in person at the East Lansing City Clerk's office locations. Drop box locations include East Lansing City Hall, 410 Abbot Road; the East Lansing Department of Public Works, 1800 E. State Road; and the MSU-CATA Transportation Center, 592 N. Shaw Lane. The drop boxes are secure (locked) and checked daily by City Clerk staff.

  • Polls will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day and voters must show a picture i.d. or sign an affidavit attesting they are not in possession of a picture i.d. before voting.

  • Voters can find out where they vote and view their sample ballot at mi.gov/vote.

  • Precinct 11 voters who previously voted at the Burcham Hills Retirement Community should note that their polling location has temporarily changed to the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road.

  • COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place on Election Day, including the cleaning of voting booths and secrecy sleeves between voters, plexiglass dividers between voters and election workers, hand sanitizer available at all polling locations, a new pen for each voter (pens will not be reused) and masks and face shields worn by all election workers. Voters will also be asked to keep at least six feet of distance while waiting in line and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

  • Community members can find additional election information, including contact information for the East Lansing City Clerk’s office, at www.cityofeastlansing.com/elections.

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