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Letter to Editor

City absentee ballots are in the U.S. Mail

  The times have been a changing over the past four months and so has the way people plan to vote for the August Primary Election.

  The polls will be open in five weeks for the Tuesday, August 4 election across the state, including Frankenmuth City and Township.

  Frankenmuth City Clerk Phil Kerns said applications for absentee voter (AV) ballots are available at the city and township offices or from a local clerk. Ballots are being issued and Kerns and Frankenmuth Township Clerk Luci Valone are reminding registered voters who do not wish to go to the polls for the primary or the Tuesday, November 3 Presidential Election to request absentee ballots in advance.

  Kerns also reminds voters that because this is a primary election, voters must vote for candidates of one political party only – Democrat or Republican. The ballot is two-sided. Also, there are two Saginaw County millage proposals on the ballot, so voters should pay attention to those proposals as well.

  With the passage of State Proposal 18-3 in 2018, voters no longer need a reason to request an AV ballot. The city office will be open Saturday, August 1, from 8am until 4pm, for the purpose accepting absentee voter applications and distributing absentee ballots. The township office will also be open the same hours.

  So far, Valone has mailed 355 ballots as of Monday. With the Secretary of State mailings, Valone has added over 120 voters to the permanent absentee list.

  AS a result of heightened awareness due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kerns and Valone have advised that preparations are underway to protect poll workers and the public.

  “The township will be COVID prepared. Social distancing, plexiglass and more will be in place. We will be going one way only, no exiting through the front where they came in. They will use hand sanitizer upon entering, and be given a pen to use all the way through the voting. They will be exiting on Franklin Street,” Valone said.

  The county clerk’s office has instructed all precincts to start processing absentee ballots at 7am so voters will see that process. Normally, that takes place later in the afternoon.

  The city is practicing the same COVID protocols, with masks, sanitizer, plexiglass and more.

  𠇊lthough the precincts will be in the same room at the City & Township Government Center, voters may be asked to wait outside if there is a large number of voters at the polls at any given time and one-way directional flow will be implemented. The air handling system at the government center also has been set to exchange fresh air constantly,” Kerns said.

(c) 2006 Frankenmuth News