Release Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Your voice matters! The polls will be open Tuesday.

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With the Presidential Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3 just two weeks away, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is encouraging everyone to exercise their Constitutional right to vote in an effort to make their voices heard, regardless of their political affiliations. Every Voice Matters.

“Democracy is a team sport, and we all need to work together to ensure every vote is counted and every voice is heard,” said Benson.

HFC President Russell Kavalhuna agreed with Benson.

“Do not let anyone tell you that voting doesn’t matter,” said Kavalhuna in a video. “Your right to vote depends on us – on you – exercising it. Our democracy depends on you exercising your voice through your vote.”

Students must be 18 years old and must be registered to vote for the Nov. 3 election.

How to vote

You can vote in person or absentee. If you choose absentee, you can return your ballot several different ways:

  • Return your ballot at an official drop box
  • Return your ballot in person at your Clerk’s office
  • Return your ballot through the mail (not recommended at this late date)

Upcoming Important Dates

Oct. 20-Nov. 3: Register and vote in-person at clerk’s office
Effective Tuesday, Oct. 20, voters must register to vote in person at their city or township clerk’s office or satellite office. They must provide additional residency documentation.

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Clerks’ offices open Saturday and/or Sunday
Clerks’ offices must be open on Saturday, Oct. 31, and/or Sunday, Nov. 1, for at least eight hours for in-person voter registration and absentee voting.

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Election Day
If you are voting in-person on Election Day, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are in line before 8:00 p.m., you will be able to vote. To find your polling place, visit MVIC and select “Where’s my Polling Place?”.

If voting in-person on Election Day…

The proper safety and social distancing protocols will be in full force at every polling place throughout the state of Michigan for people voting in-person on Election Day.

“My administration is working with Clerks to ensure they have the personal protection equipment and the hygiene supplies they need to make sure your in-person experience is safe,” said Benson.

Students who have not yet registered to vote can register and vote on Election Day by visiting their local clerk’s office or satellite office. To find your local clerk’s office, visit MVIC and select “Who is my Clerk?”.

For more information about #HFCVotes and Voter Registration at HFC, contact HFC Student Activities Associate Mandy Earl at mlearl1@hfcc.edu.