GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The list of candidates vying for the democratic nomination got a lot shorter this weekend -- but that may pose a slight issue for Michigan voters who already sent in their absentee ballots.
Democratic candidate Amy Klobuchar ended her campaign Monday. Pete Buttigieg announced the end of his campaign on Sunday night, and Tom Steyer ended his run on Saturday. That leaves five democratic candidates in the running just one day before Super Tuesday and Michigan's primary election on Tuesday, March 10.
For voters who already sent in their absentee ballots, this weekend's developments may mean "spoiling their ballot." Spoiling your original ballot means it no longer counts, and you will get a new one.
According to the Secretary of State's website, if a voter wishes to change their vote they need to submit a written request to their local clerk's office by mail before the 2 p.m. Saturday, March 7 deadline.
The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls.
An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. on Monday, March 9. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls.
There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.
If you need to find your clerk, you can find the location here.
Here's is a look at who is still in the running and the large field that has dropped out.
Who is running?
- Republican President Donald Trump
- Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.
- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii
- Former Gov. Bill Weld, R-Mass.
Who has dropped out?
- Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, D-N.Y.
- Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.
- Gov. Steve Bullock, D-Mont.
- Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, D-Ind.
- Democrat Julian Castro
- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, D-N.Y.
- Former Rep. John Delaney, D-Md.
- Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
- Former Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska
- Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
- Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.
- Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
- Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, D-Fla.
- Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass.
- Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas
- Democrat Richard Ojeda
- Former Gov. Deval Patrick, D-Mass.
- Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio
- Former Rep. and Gov. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.
- Former Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa.
- Democrat Tom Steyer
- Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
- Former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill.
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
- Democrat Marianne Williamson
- Democrat Andrew Yang
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