August Election Information
Ballots are being issued and City Clerk Phillip Kerns is reminding registered voters who do not wish to go to the polls for the August 4th Primary Election and/or November 3rd Presidential Election Day to request their absentee ballot in advance. Kerns is reminding voters that because this is a primary election, voters must vote for candidates of one political party only – Democrat or Republican. The ballot is two sided. Also, because there are two county wide millage proposals on the ballot, voters will want to pay attention to those proposals as well.
With the passage of proposal 18-3 in 2018, voters no longer need a reason to request an AV ballot. The City Office will be open on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. for the purpose of accepting absentee voter applications and distributing absentee ballots. On Monday, August 3, 2020, applications for absentee ballots will be available until 4:00 P.M.; however, voters will be required to cast their ballot at the City Office in their normal voting precinct. On Tuesday, August 4, 2020, polls will be open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. Both precincts are located in the Nickless Community Room (Lower Level) at the City & Township Government Center, 240 W. Genesee Street for this election.
As a result of the heightened awareness due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Kerns advised that preparations are underway to protect the poll workers and the public. Although the precincts will be in the same room at the City & Township Government Center, voters may be asked to wait outside if there is a large amount of voters at the polls at any given time and a one way directional flow will be implemented. In addition, poll workers will be behind plexiglass screens, they will ask voters to keep the same pen throughout the voting process, the wearing of face masks will be encouraged and hand sanitizer will also be available. The air handling system at the government center also has been set to exchange fresh air constantly. We want the voters to understand that our poll workers may have family members at home in a vulnerable category or in the immune compromised category. Although we don’t know where the status of the pandemic will be in early August or this coming November, preparation is the key. For those voters unsure about whether to go to the polls or not, the availability of an absentee ballot is recommended and available as mentioned above.
The City has nearly 4,000 registered voters. If you have any questions, please contact the City Office during regular hours.A sample ballot is available for you to review here.
Additional information is available from Saginaw County: