Extra hours set for absentee voting

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – If you live in Lansing and can’t get to the polls November 8th you’re in luck.

The city clerk’s office is extending their hours for one-stop absentee voting.

Lansing city clerk Chris Swope explains these extra hours are making it easier for people to cast their vote.

“We always get rumors people say, oh you don’t count the absentee ballot, well, that’s not true. In Michigan, every absentee ballot gets counted,” said Swope.

Getting people to the polls.

That’s Lansing city clerk Chris Swope’s goal for every election cycle.

So Saturday the city allowed Lansing residents the opportunity to not miss out by walking-in and getting an absentee ballot.

“With an absentee ballot you can take your time, you can look over the ballot a little bit more,” explains Swope. “If you aren’t sure about some things you can take it home and do a little bit of research, so it really lets you be a more informed voter.”

Lansing resident Aldina Softic took advantage of today’s opportunity and says she’s happy to see people exercising their right to vote.

“If you’re not going to be in town during the voting day, I don’t think you should just ya know, say oh well I won’t vote,” said Softic. “I think it’s really important they vote, get your word out there, make sure ya know who you want to be president potentially ya know you get your say.”

And if you’re running late on time, the city clerk offers two separate drop boxes, at both of their locations so that you can slide your ballot in and be right on your way.

Swope says Lansing has already issued nearly 10,000 absentee ballots.

If demand continues he says that number could top the last two presidential elections, making this the largest absentee turnout the city has ever had.

If you couldn’t make it out Saturday every clerk’s office in Michigan will be open next Saturday for absentee voting until 2:00 p.m.

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