Absentee ballot applications due Nov. 1

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By Cameron Billes
Ingham County Chronicle

Are you ready to vote in the Nov. 4 election?

The deadline for voter registration is Monday, Oct. 6. If you plan on voting in the November election, you must be registered. To vote with an absentee ballot, you can fill out a request form and mail it in or hand it in to your local city or township clerk’s office. The deadline to submit an absentee application is Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

Barb Byrum, Ingham County clerk, said “It’s imperative for people to exercise their right to vote.”

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must meet at least one of the following criteria: You will be absent from where you are registered to vote, you are physically unable to go to the polls, you can not go to the polls because of religious beliefs, you are over the age of 60, you are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial or you have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which you reside.

Brian McGrain, commissioner of District 10 in Ingham County since 2008, says if you are not voting, you are letting go of your control.

“It is critical that students vote in the upcoming election, there is a lot at stake,” McGrain said. “People’s votes really do matter.”

For election information in Ingham County, check out the county’s website.

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