Michigan presidential primary is Tuesday

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JACKIE KOCH

Michigan’s presidential primary election will take place Tuesday, March 10 at polling precincts around the state, with open hours for voters from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

The field of candidates has decreased greatly since the original 32 began their campaigns, with 28 Democratic candidates and four Republican candidates. After the majority of those dropped out of the race, the remaining Democratic candidates are Senator Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Tulsi Gabbard.

Still on the Democratic ballot but no longer in the race are South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg; New York businessman Tom Steyer; former U.S. Representatives John Delaney of Maryland and Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania; U.S. Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Michael Bennet of Colorado; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro of Texas; businessman Andrew Yang, and author Marianne Williamson of California.

Republican candidates in the running are President Donald Trump and William F. Weld, former governor of Massachusetts. Still on the ballot, but no longer in the race are former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford and former U.S. Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois.

Michigan’s primary is technically closed, which means that voters must indicate in writing their party affiliation before being given a ballot, but party registration is not required to vote. This means each voter will only be able to vote for one of the options in the party affiliation they choose.

According to ballotpedia.org, the Democratic Party will select its presidential nominee at the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be held from July 13-16. The Republican Party will select its presidential nominee at the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, which will take place from August 24-27. The 2020 presidential election is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

This year’s primary election is already eliciting more absentee ballot applications, since the law was changed to allow more options for voters when Proposal 3 was approved in 2018. Although voting absentee previously required a valid reason, Michigan voters can now request an absentee ballot from their local clerk without stating a reason. Ballots may be returned to clerks up to primary election day on March 10.

There are also local issues on the presidential primary ballot, listed regardless of the party ballot a voter receives. Locally, Clinton Township is the only municipality with an issue on the ballot other than the presidential primary. Voters in that township will vote on whether to approve the Clinton Fire Department Millage Renewal.

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