Dearborn City Clerk’s Office open Saturday for absentee voters

DEARBORN – Registered voters may request absentee ballots from the Dearborn City Clerk’s Office through Aug. 5 for the Aug. 8 primary election.

Registered voters who would like to request an absentee ballot may do so in person at the Clerk’s Office in the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Aug. 4. The Clerk’s Office also will be open from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m. Aug. 5 This is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

The request form is also available at www.cityofdearborn.org. Search for “absentee voter.”

Anyone receiving an absentee ballot from the Clerk’s Office through Aug. 5 may also vote and turn in the completed ballot in the same visit to the DAC. Otherwise, completed absentee ballots may be delivered to the Clerk’s Office until 8 p.m. Aug. 8.

Registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are over 60 years old or unable to attend the polls in person on election day due to travel, disability, religious concerns, election work out-of-precinct, or incarceration.

Immediate family members such as parents, children, siblings, or in-laws are allowed to return the ballot for the absentee voter. Adults living in the same household also may deliver the form. Mail carriers are permitted to handle absentee ballots as part of their job,

“No one should be coming knocking on your door asking if you need assistance,” Acting City Clerk Lola Isminger said. Doing so is a violation of election law and could result in felony charges against that person.

Absentee voters need to complete their ballots in private. Anyone who assists an absentee voter in any way is required to sign a statement on the ballot’s return envelope. It is a felony to try to influence a voter while they are voting.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8. July 10 was the last day to register for the primary election.