Election Day is this Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy, and it's how we collectively determine the path our City will take. It's not just a right; it's a responsibility that empowers individuals to influence policies, representation, and the quality of life in Traverse City!
In 2022, Proposal 22-2 amended the Michigan Constitution to add several provisions regarding elections, including:
- Recognize fundamental right to vote without harassing conduct
- Require military or overseas ballots be counted if postmarked by election day and received by the local clerk within six days following the election
- Provide voter right to verify identity with photo ID or signed statement
- Provide voter right to single application to vote absentee in all elections
- Require state-funded absentee-ballot drop boxes, and postage for absentee applications and ballots
- Provide that only election officials may conduct post-election audits
- Require a minimum of nine days of early in-person voting for all statewide elections
- Allow donations to fund elections, which must be disclosed
- Require canvass boards certify election results based only on the official records of votes cast.
The State of Michigan has been preparing for changes related to the above provisions. However, the provision for nine days of early in-person voting will not be put into effect for the November 7, 2023, election, but will be implemented in the City of Traverse City for the 2024 elections.
Early In-Person Voting vs Absentee Voting
What is Early In-Person Voting?
Early in-person voting allows the registered voter to cast their ballot in-person at an early voting site before the scheduled Election Day. Such a ballot that is cast during early in-person voting is inserted into the tabulator by the voter and therefore tabulated that day.
What is Absentee Voting?
Absentee voting, also referred to as mail-in voting, is a method that allows the registered
voter to receive and submit their ballot by mail or in-person at their local Clerk’s Office.
Absentee Ballots are tabulated on election day. As of 2018, all registered voters in Michigan may request an absentee ballot without providing a reason.
Does Michigan have Early In-Person Voting?
Proposal 22-2 amended the Michigan Constitution to add several provisions regarding elections, including nine days of early in-person voting at all federal and state elections.
Will there be Early In-Person Voting in Traverse City this November?
No. The State of Michigan has been preparing for changes related to Proposal 22-2. However, the provision for nine days of early in-person voting will not be put into effect for the November 7, 2023, election in Traverse City. Early in-person voting will begin in the City of Traverse City in 2024.