Extended East Lansing Voting Hours This Weekend, Plus Other Election News

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Gary Caldwell for ELi

A sign welcoming voters to the City Clerk's satellite office.

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The East Lansing City Clerk’s main office (410 Abbot Rd.) and the Hannah Community center satellite office (819 Abbot Rd.) will be open this weekend to accommodate voting and other services in advance of the Nov. 3 general elections. 

Both will be open Saturday, Oct. 31 and Sunday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are already registered to vote, bring a valid photo I.D. 

If you need to register to vote, bring a valid I.D. and proof of residency, such as a utility bill. (The I.D. does not have to show your current address, but it cannot be an expired I.D.) In Michigan, you can register to vote up to Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.

As of 12 p.m. on Thursday, 9,143 absentee ballots – or 82.75 percent of the 11,049 requested in East Lansing – had been returned. This means that over 43 percent of registered voters requested absentee ballots, and 36 percent of all registered voters in the city have already voted.

If you still need to drop off your ballot, you can stop by the Hannah Community Center (where there is free parking) during business hours to drop your ballot off in person. You can also or use one of the three 24-hour drop boxes: outside City Hall; outside the Department of Public Works on State Rd.; and at the MSU-CATA transportation center on campus on Shaw Ln.

Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to be counted.

East Lansing has about 25,500 registered voters, meaning nearly 15,000 people have not requested an absentee ballot. Residents who want to vote in advance of Nov. 3 can now request an absentee ballot in person, which they can complete and submit at either the main office or satellite location.

Election workers will begin counting absentee ballots on Nov. 3 at 7 a.m. Learn more here.

On Election night, ELi will cover the East Lansing Public Schools Board of Education election – the only East Lansing-specific election on the ballot this year. Eight candidates are competing for three seats.

Still not sure who you want to vote for in the School Board race? Check out our recorded interviews with and written responses from the candidates. 

Want to know more about the process of in-person absentee voting? ELi has answers for you herehere, and here.

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