Tuesday, Aug. 4 is the primary election. For Detroiters, there’s plenty of power up for grabs.

To see what your Detroit ballot will look like, the State of Michigan Voter Information Center has this online link. After filling in your basic information, the link leads you to a page where voters can see a sample ballot. 

The same page also tells voters their polling location. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. It also allows you to check on the status of your absentee ballot. Mail-in voting is a big issue during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

All registered Michigan voters have the option to vote by mail using an absentee ballot.  It’s not too late to either register to vote or request an absentee ballot.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for voter registration. You can even register on the day of the election.

You have until Friday, July 31 to request an absentee ballot – here’s the State of Michigan link for the application. The ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Aug. 4. 

“The biggest threat to our democracy is cynicism – a cynicism that’s led too many people to turn away from politics and stay home on election day.”  President Barack Obama, Sept. 8, 2018. 

Louis Aguilar is BridgeDetroit’s senior reporter. He covered business and development for the Detroit News, and is a former reporter for the Washington Post.

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