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The midterm election is less than one month away, and by now many Michigan voters have already cast their ballots. For those still considering their options but wanting to vote before election day, there’s time left.

Turnout is expected to be comparatively high this election. This fall, Michigan’s top three offices — governor, attorney general and secretary of state — are up for election. Every seat in the state Legislature will be voted on along with two Michigan Supreme Court seats, and the state’s congressional delegation. Measures involving abortion rights, term limits and voting rights are also on the ballot.

Michiganders can register to vote up through and on Election Day.  Registered voters can apply for absentee ballots online or by submitting an application by mail (form here) at least 14 days before Election Day (Oct. 25) to avoid potential mailing delays. Your local clerk must receive your request to have an absentee ballot mailed to you by 5 p.m. Nov. 4, and voters have until 4 p.m. Nov. 7 to get an absentee ballot in person at their local clerk’s office or satellite clerk’s office. Absentee voting ends at 4 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Clerks must receive absentee ballots by 8 p.m. Election Day Nov. 8.

To help Detroiters cast their ballots, satellite clerk’s offices will also open Monday, Oct. 17, and dropboxes for completed ballots are set up throughout the city. The Free Press and Outlier Media have compiled a comprehensive list of every satellite clerk’s office and dropbox in Detroit, as well as hours of operation below. 

At satellite clerk’s offices, voters can register to vote, request an absentee ballot, fill out their ballot and return their absentee ballot through Nov. 7. 

Satellite clerk’s offices are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the city’s Department of Elections on Grand Boulevard is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All satellite clerk’s offices have dropboxes as well, which are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Satellite offices – except the city clerk’s office – will open the weekend before Election Day, Nov. 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On election day, satellite offices will be used as customer service centers where voters can get assistance finding their polling location. Also on Nov. 8, satellite offices will be open for first-time registered voters or whose address has recently changed and absentee ballot drop off centers can be dropped off.

Satellite clerk’s offices in Detroit:

  • WCCCD Northwest Campus — 8200 W. Outer Dr.
  • Greater Grace Temple — 23500 W. Seven Mile Rd. 
  • Northwest Activities Center — 18100 Meyers Rd.
  • Tindal Activity Center — 10301 W. Seven Mile Rd.
  • Farwell Recreation Center — 2711 E. Outer Dr.
  • Hellmann Community Center — 19601 Crusade St. 
  • WCCCD Eastern Campus — 5901 Conner st.
  • Butzel Family Recreation Center — 7737 Kercheval 
  • Department of Elections — 2978 W. Grand Blvd.
  • City Clerk’s Office — Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Suite 200
  • Clark Park — 1130 Clark St. 
  • Kemeny Recreation Center — 2260 S. Fort St. 
  • Adams Butzel Recreation Complex — 10500 Lyndon St. 

Drop box-only locations:

  • Rouge Park Golf Course — 11701 Burt Rd. 
  • Detroit Pistons Performance Center — 690 Amsterdam St.
  • WCCCD Downtown Campus — 1001 W. Fort St.
  • North Rosedale Park Community House — 18445 Scarsdale St.
  • Messiah Baptist Church — 8100 W. Seven Mile Rd.
  • Liberty Temple Baptist Church — 17188 Greenfield Rd.
  • Renaissance Baptist Church — 1045 E. Grand Blvd.

For more election information, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center or DetroitVotes.org.

Free Press reporter Clara Hendrickson contributed to this report.

Contact Miriam Marini: mmarini@freepress.com

Miriam MariniBreaking News Reporter

Miriam (she/her) is a strong believer that journalism should hold leaders accountable and serve as a platform for marginalized groups. She can often be found at The Congregation — usually with a hot mocha in hand and finding an outlet to charge her dying laptop.