5 things you need to know before you vote

7:18 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The election is almost over -- which is welcome news for many -- but we want to make sure you are prepared for Tuesday's vote. 

Here are the five things you should know before you go to the polling place:

  1. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Unlike some states, Michigan does not have a law requiring employers to give you time off to vote.  Be careful if you come in late or have to skip out on work.
  2. You will be asked for photo identification when you enter the polls.  If you don't have one, you can sign an affidavit attesting your identity, and your ballot will be counted along side everyone else's.
  3. This year's ballot is big -- thanks in part to the six state proposals -- so give yourself some extra time.  You are allowed to bring in a cheat sheet to help speed things up as long as it doesn't have any campaign-related images or slogans.
  4. You cannot have any campaign-related buttons, t-shirts, fliers, or pamphlets within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.  You will be asked to remove or cover those materials if you are wearing any.
  5. If you decide to vote straight ticket make sure you don't forget to also vote for judges, trustee's, and the proposals, as they are not part of the straight ticket voting box.  You are also not required to vote the entire ballot meaning you can skip sections.

So go out and vote and make an informed decision.

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