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Early voting underway for Aug. 4 election

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Poll worker Laura Villalba cuts a roll of stickers she will give to voters after they cast their ballots inside the Arlington County Fire Station 10 during Super Tuesday voting March 1, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. A Michigan Republican is suing the state to force the purging of ineligable voters. (WWMT/Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla)

Early voting was underway Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020 ahead of the Tuesday, Aug. 4 election.

All clerk offices in Michigan were required to be open at least eight hours during the weekend. In a written statement, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reminded Michiganders that the early voting period was one way to avoid busy polls and reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

“By safely voting in person this weekend at their clerk’s office, voters can cast their ballot early and beat the Election Day rush,” Benson said. “I highly encourage voters to take advantage of their right to cast their ballot at their clerk’s office before Election Day.”

Each voter could find their local clerk's hours and information on Michigan's election website. The Michigan Bureau of Elections provided masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and protocols for hygiene and social distancing to all jurisdictions. Election workers were required to wear masks and voters were encouraged to do so as well.

Michiganders who had not registered to vote would be able to do so through 8 p.m. on Election Day. They could vote in person in the same visit.

It was not possible register online or by mail and vote within 15 days.

Benson's office said voters who received an absent voter ballot in the mail should sign the back of the envelope and drop them off at their local clerk’s office or drop box as soon as possible. They said ballots not received by 8 p.m. on Election Day would be rejected.

Voters who filled out a ballot incorrectly were encouraged to bring it to their local clerk's office to spoil it and request a new one.