"Instructions for Absent Uniformed Services Voters and Overseas Voters Receiving an Absentee Ballot by E-Mail or Fax" - Michigan

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August 2021
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSENT UNIFORMED SERVICES VOTERS AND OVERSEAS VOTERS
RECEIVING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY E-MAIL OR FAX
Step 1. Before marking your ballot, carefully read the voting instructions provided below.
Step 2. You may mark your votes on the ballot in one of two ways:
1) Electronically mark your ballot: If you received the ballot by email, you may click on the
oval or space to the right of the candidate name or to the right of “Yes” or “No” on
proposals. Print the ballot and the certificate sent with the ballot on paper that is at least
8 ½” x 11” or “A4” in size.
2) Manually mark your ballot: Print the ballot and the certificate sent with the ballot on
paper that is at least “8 ½” x 11” or “A4” in size. (This step is not necessary if you
received your ballot by fax.) Mark your votes on the printed ballot.
Step 3. Read the certificate sent with the ballot. After reading the certificate, sign and date the
certificate where indicated.
Step 4. If you are disabled or otherwise unable to mark the ballot and required assistance in voting
the ballot, have the person who assisted you complete the section in the certificate entitled
“TO BE COMPLETED ONLY IF VOTER IS ASSISTED IN VOTING BY ANOTHER
PERSON.”
Step 5. Fold the ballot to conceal your votes.
Step 6. Place the folded ballot and the signed certificate in an envelope and securely seal the
envelope. If you do not enclose the signed certificate with your ballot, your ballot will not be
counted.
Step 7. Write your name and return address on the outside of the sealed envelope. Print
“OFFICIAL ABSENT VOTER’S BALLOT” beneath your return address. Be sure to
enclose the signed certificate in the envelope with your voted ballot.
Step 8. Address the envelope to the clerk, place the necessary postage on the envelope and deposit
the envelope in the United States mail or with another public postal service, express mail
service, parcel post service, or common carrier. If you are outside the United States, write
“USA” below the clerk’s address. Mail your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it
arrives in time to be counted!
The ballot must reach the clerk or an authorized assistant of the clerk no later than 8 p.m. on
election day. An absent voter ballot received by the clerk or assistant of the clerk after 8
p.m. on election day will not be counted.
-- IMPORTANT NOTE --
The ballot and signed certificate cannot be returned to the clerk by e-mail or fax.
A voted ballot that is returned to the clerk by e-mail or fax will not be counted.
August 2021
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ABSENT UNIFORMED SERVICES VOTERS AND OVERSEAS VOTERS
RECEIVING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BY E-MAIL OR FAX
Step 1. Before marking your ballot, carefully read the voting instructions provided below.
Step 2. You may mark your votes on the ballot in one of two ways:
1) Electronically mark your ballot: If you received the ballot by email, you may click on the
oval or space to the right of the candidate name or to the right of “Yes” or “No” on
proposals. Print the ballot and the certificate sent with the ballot on paper that is at least
8 ½” x 11” or “A4” in size.
2) Manually mark your ballot: Print the ballot and the certificate sent with the ballot on
paper that is at least “8 ½” x 11” or “A4” in size. (This step is not necessary if you
received your ballot by fax.) Mark your votes on the printed ballot.
Step 3. Read the certificate sent with the ballot. After reading the certificate, sign and date the
certificate where indicated.
Step 4. If you are disabled or otherwise unable to mark the ballot and required assistance in voting
the ballot, have the person who assisted you complete the section in the certificate entitled
“TO BE COMPLETED ONLY IF VOTER IS ASSISTED IN VOTING BY ANOTHER
PERSON.”
Step 5. Fold the ballot to conceal your votes.
Step 6. Place the folded ballot and the signed certificate in an envelope and securely seal the
envelope. If you do not enclose the signed certificate with your ballot, your ballot will not be
counted.
Step 7. Write your name and return address on the outside of the sealed envelope. Print
“OFFICIAL ABSENT VOTER’S BALLOT” beneath your return address. Be sure to
enclose the signed certificate in the envelope with your voted ballot.
Step 8. Address the envelope to the clerk, place the necessary postage on the envelope and deposit
the envelope in the United States mail or with another public postal service, express mail
service, parcel post service, or common carrier. If you are outside the United States, write
“USA” below the clerk’s address. Mail your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it
arrives in time to be counted!
The ballot must reach the clerk or an authorized assistant of the clerk no later than 8 p.m. on
election day. An absent voter ballot received by the clerk or assistant of the clerk after 8
p.m. on election day will not be counted.
-- IMPORTANT NOTE --
The ballot and signed certificate cannot be returned to the clerk by e-mail or fax.
A voted ballot that is returned to the clerk by e-mail or fax will not be counted.
August 2021
VOTING INSTRUCTIONS
To Vote: Completely darken the oval opposite each choice. Any type of pen or pencil
may be used to mark your choices.
Partisan Primary: Partisan primaries are held to nominate candidates to partisan
offices. You cannot cast votes under multiple parties; you must cast votes under one
party only. If you vote under multiple parties in a partisan primary, the partisan section
of your ballot will not be counted.
Special Partisan Election: If a special election scheduled to fill a partisan office
appears on the ballot, you can vote under any party of your choice. You are not
restricted to the party you selected when participating in the partisan primary.
Nonpartisan Offices: If nonpartisan offices appear on the ballot, the offices must be
voted by casting individual votes for the candidates of your choice.
Avoid “Overvoting”: When voting the partisan and nonpartisan sections of the ballot,
do not cast a vote for more candidates than are indicated under the office title.
Proposals: If proposals appear on the ballot, the proposals must be voted by casting a
“Yes” vote or a “No” vote on each question.
Write-In Candidates: To vote for a candidate whose name is not printed on the ballot,
write or place the name of that candidate in the blank space provided and completely
darken the oval. Do not cast a write-in vote for a candidate whose name is already
printed on the ballot for that office.
WARNING
All of the following actions are violations of the Michigan election law and are illegal in
this state:
To vote an absent voter ballot at a meeting or gathering at which other people are
(1)
voting absent voter ballots.
(2)
For a person who is assisting an absent voter in marking the ballot to suggest or in
any manner attempt to influence the absent voter on how he or she should vote.
For a person who is present and knows that a person is voting an absent voter
(3)
ballot to suggest or in any manner attempt to influence the absent voter on how he
or she should vote.
(4)
For a person other than the absent voter or a person whose job it is to handle mail
before, during, or after being transported by a public postal service, express mail
service, parcel post service, or common carrier, but only during the normal course
of his or her employment to be in possession of a voted or unvoted absent voter
ballot.
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