By: Amber Howard
Old Town Lansing Times
Old Town Lansing – Since September 26, 2014, nearly 5,000 Absentee ballots have been mailed off, for the General Election in the City of Lansing, according to Brian Jackson, Chief Deputy City Clerk of Lansing.
“This year it is our duty to get everyone to vote,” said Jackson. The expansions of Absentee voting locations and hours have increased tremendously for all cities apart of Ingham County.”
“It’s my job to help get the word out about all facts related to upcoming elections,” said Jackson.
To help continue a solid percent of absentee voting ballots, the city clerk’s office has established voter registration drives at Lansing Community College and has also extended days and hours for Absentee voting Walk-ins.
“We have a tight race on our hands this year,” said Monica Zuchowski, Election & Licensing Clerk City of Lansing. There’s an election for congress, which is rare, and elections for both senate and government, which seem to be very close.
According to Zuckowski, the best place for residents of Old Town to vote is Ward/Precinct 1-01, 1-06, 4-39, 4-40 and 4-42 on the North Town of Lansing.
Absentee walk-in voting is available on the weekends at the following dates and times:
Sunday, October 26, Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Voters can also come to the City Clerk’s office on the 9th floor of City Hall during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., to complete absentee voter applications and ballots,” said Zuckowski.
Absentee voting is extremely important to Lydia Hawthrone, current resident of Old Town working as an Administrative Assistant of Arts Council of Greater Lansing.
“I’ve been on my friends last nerve about being registered for elections,” said Hawthrone. “Majority of them have moved out of the state, so I can’t stress to them enough on how easy it is to just register for absentee voting.”
According to Hawthrone Absentee voting is easy and quick. They’re more accessible and convenient for those moving around frequently.
“I don’t understand why they wouldn’t want to be apart of making a difference in political issues that effect them and the community they live in,” said Hawthrone.