What to know before heading out to vote

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GRAND BLANC (WJRT) - (11-05-18) - Michiganders will head to the polls tomorrow to vote in the mid-term election. And making sure you are prepared before you get in line could help speed up the process.

"The more that you prepare before you go to the polls tomorrow, the more it will make the process go way smoother and quicker for yourself and everybody waiting in line," said Mary Hopkins, city clerk of Grand Blanc.

You're required to have a picture ID, but if you forget it you can still cast your vote it just may take longer.

"You can sign an affidavit saying that you don't have it on you however a picture ID is required to vote and there are a couple different forms that are accepted," said Hopkins.

Other forms of photo ID's that are accepted are a current driver's license or State ID card including one issued by another state. A US Passport or current student, military, and tribal ID cards with pictures are accepted as well.

Your polling place could have changed since the last time you voted.
If you are unsure of where to vote or even if you're registered Hopkins says you can go to the state's online Voter Information Center. It also gives you the option to track your ballot if you voted absentee.

"It will tell the voter if they're registered and if they are registered it tells which precinct they are in and the location of the precinct," said Hopkins.

The ballot will be two-sided and Hopkins says taking a look at the ballot before you go is a smart idea as well. She also recommends certain times of the day to avoid the long lines.

"Go between 9a.m. and 4 p.m., typically people who are trying to vote before work are going to be there between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.,” said Hopkins. “Then of course at 5 o’clock and after the lines are expected to be a bit longer."

If you are in line by 8 p.m. you will still be able to cast your vote. But make sure to hold off on those ballot selfies because it is illegal Michigan to take a picture of your ballot.

To get to Michigan's Voter Information Center click on 'Related Links' to the right of this story.

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