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Three things you need to know about voting Tuesday

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Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

It's finally our turn, Michigan! All the debates. All the months and months of nonstop news coverage. Now, we get to vote. 

So here's 3 things you need to know about how to vote on Tuesday, and what to expect once you get there.

1) You can vote for Democrats or Republicans, regardless of your own party. 

Technically Michigan has a "closed" primary, but you can vote for either a Republican or a Democratic nominee, regardless of your own party affiliation.  

Here's how: when you show up at the polls, you'll be asked if you want a Republican ballot or a Democratic one. You can pick either one, even if you're not a registered member of that party, or if you don't have any party affiliation.

Don't worry, both ballots will have all the information for any local or special elections that might be happening in your area, too. And if you're just sick of all the presidential insanity at this point, you may also be able to pick a third ballot that has just the local election information only.   

You should know, though, that whichever ballot you choose will be public information, so you could end up getting a bunch of mailers from that party in the future.

2) Wondering what kind of lines to expect? It could be pretty busy at the polls Tuesday. Michigan's Secretary of State office says we could see as many as 2 million people voting in this primary, way above the 1.2 million who voted in the last presidential primary four years ago.

Of course, that's not nearly as many as will likely vote in the general election come November, but officials are still expecting a pretty good turnout. 

Already, more than 546,000 absentee ballots have been issued. 

3) Don't know where your polling place is? Click here to find out if you're registered already, where your polling place is, and how to track your absentee ballot if you've already sent one in. 

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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