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Early Voting Begins for May 3rd Lansing School District Bond Election

Extended Hours on Wednesdays & the Weekend prior to Election Day Voter Registration available until Election Day at City Clerk’s Offices

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Lansing – Located at 2500 S. Washington, the City Clerk’s Election Unit offers free parking, a 24-hour secure drop box, and is conveniently located on CATA Route #2. Follow the “Vote Here” directional signs to the back of the building. Walk-in early voting is available now through Election Day during the following times:

Mon., Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 8 am – 5 pm

Wednesdays March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27 8 am – 7 pm

Monday, May 2nd Only 8 am – 4 pm (due to state law)

In addition to regular hours, the City Clerk’s Election Unit will be open:

Saturday, April 30th 10 am – 4 pm

Sunday, May 1st Noon – 4 pm

Walk-in absentee voting is also available at the Clerk’s City Hall Office, located on the 9th floor of City Hall at 124 W. Michigan Avenue, from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. No appointment is necessary to vote, however voters should be prepared to go through security. There is also a 24-hour secure drop box located just outside the main entrance to City Hall.

There are two exceptions in Michigan election law which restrict early voting. On the day before the election, no absentee ballots can be issued after 4 p.m. except in an emergency situation. Also, on Election Day, absentee ballots can only be issued to people registering to vote on Election Day.

At, voters may sign up online, download the form to request an absentee ballot, find the closest drop boxes, check on the status of their absentee applications, and view the ballot proposal and so much more.

Citizens voting at home may drop off their ballots and absentee ballot applications with no postage at one of our 15 secure drop boxes. Drop box locations can be found on our website at For a ballot to be counted it must be returned by 8 pm on Election Day to the City Clerk’s Office, which includes any of the secure drop boxes.

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope encourages everyone to sign up to be placed on the automatic application list to vote from home for future elections. Voters may request to be placed on this list by contacting the Clerk’s Office at (517) 483-4131 or visiting

There is no longer a deadline for voter registration. Until Monday, April 18th, Michigan voters can register to vote through any SOS Branch office, online at, at the County Clerk’s Office or through any voter registration drive. From April 19th through Election Day, to be eligible to vote in the May 3rd election, you need to register in person at your local City or Township Clerk’s Office with proof of identity and residency. In fact, you can register and vote an absentee ballot all in one visit.

“With every voter having the option to either vote from home, vote early, or vote on Election Day,” said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, “I hope we will continue to see an increase voter participation in local elections, which often have the biggest impact on our families and neighborhoods.”

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