Election Day is Tuesday but thousands of Shelby Township voters have already cast their ballots.
Shelby Township has seen more than 75 percent of issued absentee ballots returned by the end of this week, with more expected to flow in by Tuesday night.
The Clerk's Office will remain open Saturday from 10 a.m to 2 p.m to accommodate an influx of in-person absentee voters.
"You can return ballots up until election day," said Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot.
Any mailed ballots must be received by Tuesday. Absentee voters can also return ballots in a grey mailbox that is at the entrance of the municipal hall on 24 Mile Road.
By Friday afternoon Grot told Patch 12,561 ballots had been sent out and 9,631 were returned.
Grot said he is expecting an at least 70 percent voter turnout for the November 2012 elections.
Shelby Township tends to fare well in Macomb County election turnout. In the 2008 presidential election, Shelby Township had a 72.8 percent voter turnout.
The lowest percentage was in Mount Clemens at 59.8 percent and the highest was 78.6 percent in Bruce Township, according to county results.
Who can vote absentee?
According to the Macomb County Election Department, you are eligible to vote absentee if:
- You are unable to vote without help.
- You are 60 years of age and up.
- You expect to be absent from your city or township on election day.
- You are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial.
- You have been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you are registered.
- Or you are unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs.
Where to get ballots?
To obtain absentee ballots Saturday, visit 52700 Van Dyke Avenue, on the southeast corner of 24 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue.
Eligible voters may also vote by absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office until 4 p.m. Monday. All absentee voter ballots must be turned into the local clerk's office no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday.
More voting resources
- For more information on absentee voting, visit http://www.macombcountymi.gov/clerksoffice/absent-ballot-requests.htm
- For additional election news, visit our voting guide for Shelby Township and Utica or state roundup of proposals.