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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Early voting a new option for voters in 2024

Red, white, and blue graphic promoting early voting.

Neighbors are receiving postcards in the mail to let them know about a new voting option now available in Michigan. 

Voters will now have three different options for voting in our elections – absentee voting, in-person voting on Election Day and, for the first time, in-person early voting

In the November 2022 election, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment that gives voters the right to vote early, in person. That amendment passed in Calhoun County with about 57% voting yes. 

Any Michigan registered voter can now vote early and in person. Early voting in Calhoun County is available for nine days before each state and federal election, at one of two Early Voting Centers, depending on where you are registered to vote. You cannot early vote at your Election Day precinct. 

In-person early voting is available from the second Saturday before Election Day through the Sunday before Election Day. For 2024, that looks like this: 

  • Presidential Primary – Feb. 27 
    • Early Voting – Feb. 17-25 
  • Primary Election – Aug. 6 
    • Early Voting – July 27-Aug. 4 
  • General Election – Nov. 5 
    • Early Voting – Oct. 26-Nov. 3 

Voters registered in the City of Battle Creek will be able to vote early at the Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day of early voting. As part of a municipal agreement for early voting, voters registered in Bedford Township, Pennfield Township, and the City of Springfield also will early vote at the Kool Center. 

Voters registered in the other municipalities in Calhoun County will vote at the Calhoun County Building, 315 W. Green St. in Marshall, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day of early voting. See the accompanying flyer for a full list of Calhoun County municipalities, their clerk phone numbers, and their Early Voting Center. 

If you apply for and receive an absentee ballot for a 2024 election, you can bring your completed ballot to your Early Voting Center during the nine days of early voting, and place it in the tabulator yourself. Please note that you must still check in with election staff, apply to vote, and show your photo ID or sign an affidavit that you do not have your ID. If you tabulate your absentee ballot at the Early Voting Center, you cannot spoil or correct it. 

Find much more voting and election information online at battlecreekmi.gov/elections and mi.gov/vote. Call the City of Battle Creek Clerk’s Office with additional questions at 269-966-3311.

Early voting flyer with more information
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