The City of Traverse City is excitedly preparing for the upcoming 2024 election cycle! Mark your calendars for the election dates: February 27, August 6, and November 5, 2024.
At their December 4, 2023 meeting, the City Commission approved the relocation of two polling places and the establishment of the Early In-Person Voting Site.
Voting Precincts 7 & 10 Relocation
The relocation of two polling places (used for in-person, election day voting) will be effective with the February 27, 2024, Presidential Primary. Voting Precinct 7, formerly at Traverse Heights Elementary, and Precinct 10, formerly at Glenn Loomis Elementary, have moved locations.
Voting Precinct 7
Traverse City Area District Library Main Branch
610 Woodmere Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49686
Voting Precinct 10
The Carnegie Building
322 Sixth Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Early In-Person Voting Site
In November 2022, voters across Michigan amended the Michigan Constitution to give themselves the right to early in-person voting in all federal and state elections, and to have the option for early in-person voting at all other elections as determined by the local election official, in our case, the City Clerk. Early in-person voting must be provided a minimum of 9 days (beginning the second Saturday before the election through the Sunday before the election) and for 8 hours per day for all statewide and federal elections, with the same minimum day requirement for all other elections where the local election official opts in, with flexibility in hours.
City of Traverse City Early In-Person Voting Site
Lower Level Cafeteria
400 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684
Early in-person voting for the February 2024 election will begin on Sunday, February 17, 2024 through February 25, 2024.
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. In addition, at early in-person voting sites, voters who were mailed an absentee ballot would also be able to insert their ballot into the tabulator, of they could simply provide it to the local clerk to have it tabulated by the absent voter counting board.
How is Early Voting Different from 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.