Traverse City Record-Eagle

Election 2010

October 15, 2010

Facts about Nov. 2 general election

POLLS:

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Eastern time in most of the state, and from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Central time in a handful of counties in the western Upper Peninsula.

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VOTER REGISTRATION:

The last day to register to vote in the general election was Monday, Oct. 4.

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS:

Eligible voters can request an absentee ballot by mail until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, or obtain an absentee ballot and vote in person at their city or township's clerk office until 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1.

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds voters that no one other than those specified is allowed to return absentee ballots. Nor should anyone else ask an absentee voter to give him or her a completed ballot. She encourages anyone who believes that these procedures are being violated to call the Department of States Bureau of Elections toll-free at 866-766-4355.

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PHOTO ID:

Michigan now requires voters to show a photo ID of some kind to vote (it doesn't have to be a driver's license). If voters don't have a photo ID with them, they can sign an affidavit and vote anyway.

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ELIGIBLE VOTERS:

Michigan has about 7.25 million registered voters.

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VOTER TURNOUT:

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land has not yet released her voter turnout estimate.

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PAST ELECTIONS:

In the 2006 general election — the last gubernatorial election year — 3.9 million people voted, about 54 percent of registered voters.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The official source for voter information is the Michigan Voter Information Center. The website is: www.michigan.gov/vote.

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