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Absentee voters still have options

Jason Ricker and Jan Ricker of Marquette are shown after voting at the YMCA in Marquette in the August Primary Election. (Journal file photo)

MARQUETTE — Absentee voters are turning out in record numbers in Michigan. As of Friday, MLive reported that 3.1 million registered voters in the state had requested absentee ballots and about 2 million had cast their votes.

Even though the general election is just days away, registered voters are still able to request an absentee ballot up to 4 p.m. on Monday, according to a Michigan Secretary of State fact sheet.

All valid absentee ballots with a matching voter signature received by a local clerk before 8 p.m. on Tuesday will be tabulated, the fact sheet states.

Voters who have not cast a ballot, would prefer not to vote in person due to COVID-19 or other concerns, and have not yet obtained an absentee ballot are still able to do so.

Individuals can register to vote and obtain a ballot at the same time up until Election Day, officials say.

Under Michigan’s voter identification requirements, voters should expect to present up-to-date and accurate photo identification in order to request a ballot or, if they do not have it, to sign an affidavit.

Acceptable forms of ID include: a Michigan driver’s license or state identification card, a driver’s license or state ID card issued by another state, a valid U.S. passport, a federal or state government-issued photo identification, a military ID with photo, a student ID card or a tribal identification card with photo.

Voters should make sure to sign the back of their ballot-return envelope and hand-deliver the ballot to the city or township clerk’s office or a drop box in their jurisdiction no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Ballots can be tracked at Michigan.gov/vote.

All clerks’ offices in Marquette County have implemented accommodations leading up to election day.

The cities of Ishpeming, Marquette, and Negaunee respectively have the following hours for registered voters to obtain absentee ballots.

≤ Ishpeming City Clerk Cathy Smith holds regular office hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will hold special hours this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 906-485-1091.

≤ Marquette City Clerk Kyle Whitney’s regular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will offer extended hours this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 906-228-0430.

≤ Negaunee City Clerk Judy Iwanski holds normal office hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open for extended hours this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 906-475-7700.

Township offices in Marquette County are also extending hours to accommodate absentee voters.

≤ Champion Township Clerk Catherine Plankey has office hours by appointment at the Champion Township Office along U.S. 41 holds regular office hours by appointment, but will hold special office hours from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. She can be contacted by calling 906-339-2920.

≤ Chocolay Clerk Township Max Engle holds regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended office hours will be offered on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. His office phone number is 906-249-1448.

≤ Ely Township Clerk Kim Wing holds office hours from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office will also be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 906-486-6802 to reach the clerk’s office.

≤ Ewing Township Clerk Cindy Haas is available by appointment with special office hours offered from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and Sunday. Call 906-359-4822 for more information.

≤ Forsyth Township Clerk Michelle Borrett is available by appointment and will hold extended office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 906-346-9217

≤ Humboldt Clerk Sarah Etelamaki holds normal office hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Extended office hours will be offered on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 906-339-2927.

≤ Ishpeming Township Clerk Cory Beth Grigg holds office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special office hours will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Contact the clerk’s office by calling 906-485-5411.

≤ Marquette Township Clerk Randy Ritari holds office hours by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special office hours will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 906-228-6220 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

≤ Michigamme Township Clerk Neil Hanson holds office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Extended office hours will be offered on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 906-323-6608.

≤ Negaunee Township Clerk Rachel Sertich holds office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday with special hours offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Call 906-475-7869 for more information.

≤ Powell Township Clerk Samantha Morin holds regular office hours from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday. With special office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call the clerk’s office at 906-345-9345.

≤ Republic Township Clerk Marilyn Brancheau holds regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will hold special office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 906-376-8827.

≤ Richmond Township Clerk Patricia Korpi holds regular office hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Extended office hours will be offered from 8 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 906-475-4180.

≤ Sands Township Clerk Lee Yelle holds normal office hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays and Fridays and on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Extended hours are available from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 906-249-9169 for more information.

≤ Skandia Township Clerk Marilyn Keto holds office hours on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special office hours will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 906-942-7404 for additional information.

≤ Tilden Township Clerk Jason Brown holds regular office hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Special office hours will be held from 8 a.m. to noon both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 906-486-6580.

≤ Turin Township Clerk Gary Brunngraeber holds regular office hours by appointment and will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information or to make an appointment, call 906-356-6872.

≤ Wells Township Clerk Patti Manninen holds normal office hours by appointment. Special office hours will be offered on from 8 a.m. to noon both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 906-238-4286 or to make an appointment, call 906-238-4312.

≤ West Branch Township Clerk Michelle Christal holds regular office hours from 2 p.m to 7 p.m. on Wednesday and noon to 5 p.m. on Friday. Special office hours will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.

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