Early in-person voting ends on Sunday

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Forms wait for voters on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, at Laketown Township Hall, 4338 Beeline Road.

Early in-person voting wraps up this weekend before the Feb. 27 Presidential Primary.

As of the close of the polls on Thursday night, 105 people have come in to the Laketown Township Hall, 4338 Beeline Road, to vote in person since the process began on Saturday, Feb. 17. The township was the leader in Allegan County in early in-person voting in the first three days, according to state records.

“The early voting has gone very well,” said Laketown Township Clerk Amber Davis. “Our election inspectors have all been very positive and patient in learning this new process. The voters are excited to be able to cast their vote in person, as many have stated they will be out of town on Election Day.”

Early voting in the township continues 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day through Sunday, Feb. 25, at the township hall. The township hall is the site for all three precincts. For those from Precinct 2 who would normally vote at the Graafschap Fire Department, early in-person voting is at the township hall.

There is no early in-person voting on Monday, Feb. 26.

Election Day

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Residents from Precinct 2 vote at the Graafschap Fire Department station, 4534 60th St., for the normal Tuesday election date. Residents from Precincts 1 and 3 vote at the township hall.

The Feb. 27 election is a presidential primary. There are no other issues on the ballot.

Voters choose to vote either a Republican or a Democrat ballot.

Absentee Ballots

Even with early in-person voting, residents may still vote absentee.

To get a ballot by mail, the township clerk must receive the written request by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

No absentee ballots are issued after 4 p.m. the Monday before the election – Feb. 26. You must vote your absentee ballot in the clerk’s office on this day. You will not be able to take the ballot with you. All voted ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

As of Thursday night, the township sent out 993 absentee ballots. Of those, 788 – or 79.4 percent – have been returned, according to the Laketown clerk’s office.

For more voting information, call the clerk’s office at (616) 335-3050.

Background

Statewide voters passed Proposal 2 in 2022 to create early in-person voting.

More than 18,000 people statewide voted during the first three days of early in-person voting.

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office said 6,587 voters statewide cast ballots Saturday, 4,598 voters cast ballots Sunday, and 7,132 voters cast ballots on Monday.

Over the first three days of early in-person voting, Laketown Township led all Allegan County municipalities in voter participation with 49 people voting, according to the Secretary of State website. Second was Allegan Township with 37 and third was Dorr Township with 34 voters.

Saugatuck Township had 14 and Fillmore Township had 4 voters over those three days.

“All across the state, thousands of clerks and election workers ensured the historic day was a success,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a news release after Saturday’s numbers were released. “I am grateful to all of them for their hard work and dedication to ensuring every voice is heard and every vote is counted in every election.”

For more election information, visit Laketown’s website or the Secretary of State.