There’s ONE THING you can do that will help this election more than anything else, and it’s this:
on Election Day. In every election, big or small.
Every vote really does count. And the smaller the race, the more they count. Here are a few examples.
In the 2016 presidential race, the difference between Clinton and Trump came down to a statewide average of 2 votes per precinct.
In my council race in 2017, the difference between a 4-year term (2nd-place vote getter) and a 2-year term (3rd place) was a grand total of 22 votes.
In the Northville school board race in 2020, two candidates ended in a tie, a recount ended in a tie, and they had to pick a winner by coin toss.
All this just goes to show the vote that makes all the difference could be yours. And while it’s always exciting to vote for president, quite often the down-ballot races — like state rep, school board, Oakland County sheriff, and the judicial races — have far more of an impact on our day-to-day lives than what happens in Washington, D.C. every four years. (After all, you or a loved one could be standing in front of that prosecutor one day.) Don’t let somebody else’s vote decide those races for you!
So here’s how to do your part.
1) Vote, whether in-person on Election Day or absentee.
2) Make sure everyone in your family votes.
3) Go say “hi” to your neighbor to the right of you, your neighbor to the left, and your neighbor across the street. Talk to your Farmington friends, and make sure they’re planning to vote as well — and that they know how important it is to take a stake our community’s future.
ELECTION DAY INFO
Our next Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Polls are open 7am to 8pm.
If you’re voting in person, it’s a good idea to review this map of precinct locations to find out where you will be voting — especially if you’ve moved recently. Be sure to bring photo ID.
If you have any questions about voting, contact the Farmington City Clerk’s Office at (248) 473-7258 ext. 5 or visit the City’s election information page.
Michigan allows any registered voter to request an absentee ballot by mail. A signed application is still required for all elections in order to receive a ballot.
To apply for an absentee ballot, do either one of these things:
- Go to the Farmington City Clerk’s Office in person (open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm) and ask for an absentee voter request form.
- Print off this form and mail or hand-deliver it to the Clerk’s office (23600 Liberty Street, Farmington MI 48335). Take it to the counter or put it one of the absentee ballot drop boxes (there’s one on either side of City Hall).
Once your application is processed, the Clerk will send you a ballot in the mail. After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8pm on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the Clerk’s office.
Fill it out, seal the envelope and sign it, and return it by mail or to City Hall.
I highly recommend using the drop box. That way, you don’t have to worry about whether your ballot arrives in time to be counted. Absentee ballots must be received — whether it’s in the mail or in the drop box — by 8pm on Election Day in order to be counted.
You also may request an absentee ballot in person at the Clerk’s office until 4pm on the Monday before the election. If you request an absent voter ballot on Monday, you must vote it in person at the clerk’s office.
You may request an absentee ballot at the same time as registering to vote. If you register on the Monday before an election and request an absentee ballot at the same time, you must vote it at the clerk’s office. If you register on Election Day, you may either request an absent voter ballot and vote it at the clerk’s office, or instead of requesting an absent voter ballot, you may go to the precinct and vote.