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October 5, 2020

November Election Ballot Information

In the November Election, voters have the following options when marking their ballots:

“Straight Ticket” Voting Voters may vote in the straight party race (first question on your ballot) and select the party of their choosing.  This will award votes up to the maximum allowed (and maximum candidates available) for each partisan race for the voter’s chosen party. For example: Casting a vote for the Ice Cream Party in the straight party race will indirectly cast a vote for all candidates running under that party to the maximum allowed for each race in which the party is participating. If there are any races in which the Ice Cream Party is not participating, no votes will be cast in that race.  Voting straight ticket will not cast a vote for any non-partisan sections or proposals.  If the voter wishes to vote in any non-partisan races and proposals, the voter must make selections in these races separately.

“Split Ticket” VotingVoters may vote in the straight party race (first question on your ballot) and select the party of their choosing, but then vote directly in an individual race or multiple individual races by directly voting for a candidate from a different party, voting for a candidate with no party affiliation, or casting a write-in vote. For example: If a voter casts a straight party vote for the Ice Cream Party but directly casts a vote for one individual candidate of the Pie Party, the straight party vote will cast a vote for all candidates running under the Ice Cream Party to the maximum allowed for each race in which the Ice Cream Party is participating, except for the one race in which the voter cast a vote for the Pie Party candidate. If there are any races in which the Ice Cream Party is not participating, no votes will be cast in that race if no direct vote for another candidate is made. If the voter wishes to vote in any non-partisan races and proposals, the voter must make selections in these races separately.

“Mixed Ticket” Voting Voters may decline to vote in the straight party race (first question on your ballot) and directly select candidates of their choice up to the maximum allowed for each race.

Important Notes

  • If a voter selects the a party in the straight party race (first question on your ballot) but then votes for individual candidates of the same party, the vote for those individual candidates will still count, and will only count once.  Your vote will count!
  • If a voter wishes to vote for a write-in candidate, the voter must fill in the oval for the write-in candidate and write the name or it will be an invalid write-in and will not be counted.

As a reminder, you can track your application and ballot by going to https://mi.gov/vote.