Today is a big day for the primaries here in the state of Michigan.  There are many primary's that must be voted on including but not limited to choosing your candidates for the fall election but also some ballot measures.

In the Governors Race you have the following choices in the Republican Party race:

  1. State Sen. Patrick Colbeck
  2. Lt. Gov. Brian Calley
  3. Attorney General Bill Schuette
  4. Dr. Jim Hines

In the Governors Race you have the following choices in the Democratic Party Race:

  1. Gretchen Whitmer
  2. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed 
  3. Shri Thanedar

In the Governors Race you have the following choices in the Libertarian Party:

  1. Bill Gelineau
  2. John Tatar

In the race to run for the Senate Seat currently occupied by Senator Debbie Stabenow your choices in the Republican Party are:

  1. John James
  2. Sandy Pensler

In the race to run for the Senate Seat currently occupied by Senator Debbie Stabenow your choices in the Democratic Party are:

  1. Debbie Stabenow

In the race to run for the Senate Seat currently occupied by Senator Debbie Stabenow your choices in the Green Party are:

  1. Marcia Squier

You also have state representative and senate seats to vote in each of your districts.

Here is some information you should know to vote today:

  • When do the polls open? Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. – anyone in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
  • Where do I vote?  You can check out where you vote at the Michigan Secretary of State site.  You can also contact your local or county clerk.
  • You must choose between voting in the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian primary.  Michigan does not require party registration to participate in a primary, but voters can only vote for candidates in one party.   The Proposals will be on all ballots.
  • Bring a photo identification to your polling place.  You don't need your voter's registration card, but you should bring a photo ID.  Acceptable IDs include driver's license; state-issued ID card; ID issued by another state; federal or state-issued photo ID; U.S. passport; military ID; student ID or tribal ID card with photo.  Voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls still can vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day.
  • How can I get a ballot preview? See what will be on your ballot by visiting the Secretary of State website.
  • Can I still vote absentee? Absentee ballots must be received by 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to election day if being mailed. You may still drop off your vote in person at your polling place or clerk's office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Now go out and vote if your are informed on the candidates and the issues.

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