FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK
The week of September 27, 2020, the City of Flushing completed sending out Absent Voter Ballots to all individuals from whom we received applications for ballots. We ask that you wait until the week on October 4, 2020 to call and check on your ballot as the United States Postal Service has been overwhelmed with ballots in the last two weeks which undoubtably will slow down postal delivery.
AVB Applications and ballots may be returned in person, however, we encourage you to use e-mail, mail or one of our two drop boxes to reduce your risk of exposure to any possible contaminents.
Voting absentee is a choice, a privilege, it is not a mandate and is not being forced upon you. However, we want to assure you that voting absentee is safe and secure, and your City Clerk’s office does everything we can to ensure that every vote is protected and counted. Signatures on Absent Voter Applications and Absent Voter Ballots are compared to our Qualified Voter File records, and if they do not match, are investigated. Persons requesting AVB’s in person are required to show ID, just like in a live precinct.
AVB’s are processed on Election Day in sequestered precincts in a way that protects the identity of the voter. The ballot is separated from the identifying envelope, the stub removed, well before it is ever removed from the secrecy sleeve, all by different individuals, so there is no identifying information when the ballot is run through the counting machine.
Voting fraud is a crime, one in which we and the State of Michigan take very seriously. So, whether you choose to vote in person, or Absentee, your vote is protected, it is secret and it is counted.
Stay safe, stay healthy and no matter how you choose to do it, please exercise your right to vote.
For more information on voting, go to the Clerk's Page under "Departments" on this website.