Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson have announced that for the first time in history, Detroit will accept online applications for absentee ballots. Winfrey and Johnson called the project historic, saying it would result in increased access to the ballot in Detroit in 2014.
There are two ways in which voters can request an Absentee Ballot: beginning Thursday, July 17, they can go to detroitballot.com; and starting on Monday, July 21, they can go to the App Store and search Vote for Detroit to download the App.
“This is a proud day for Detroit and a historic day for Michigan,” said Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey. “I’m thrilled to announce as clerk that I’ll be broadening ballot access for Detroiters through this new program.”
“For the first time ever, Detroiters will be able to request absentee ballots online,” said Lon Johnson, Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “Clearly voters of Michigan are adopting absentee voting as a way of casting their ballot – as evidenced by the fact that more than 27 percent of votes cast in Michigan’s 2012 election were absentee ballots.”
Once residents request the ballot online the ballot will be mailed. The last day to request a ballot isSaturday, August 2, at 2 p.m.
Currently it is common practice for many clerks across Michigan to receive requests to vote absentee through a number of secure options, including fax, mail and hand delivery.