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Drop boxes for absentee ballots placed around City of Grand Rapids

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Posted at 10:19 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 11:54:44-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Voters in the City of Grand Rapids now have seven locations where they can drop off their absentee ballots for the November election.

A dropbox was already located at the Monroe Avenue lobby of City Hall. Since City Hall is only open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, access to the box is only available during those hours. Parking is available in the Government Center ramp off Monroe and Ottawa.

The new boxes are all available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they are intended for use only by Grand Rapids city residents.

Four of the new drop boxes are mostly at Grand Rapids Public Libraries:

  • GRPL’s Ottawa Hills branch, 1150 Giddings Ave. SE, at the curb.
  • GRPL’s Seymour branch, 2350 Eastern Ave. SE at the rear of building near the book drop.
  • GRPL’s Van Belkum branch, 1563 Plainfield Ave. NE, at the curb.
  • GRPL’s West Leonard branch, 1017 Leonard St. NW in the east parking lot.

Two others are at these locations:

  • Parking lot at 427 Market Ave. SW – southwest corner of Market and Wealthy
  • 300 Ottawa Ave. NW – across from Calder Plaza

Applications for absentee ballots can be placed in the boxes as well.

The boxes will be monitored, and staff from the city clerk’s office will be picking up ballots and applications from the boxes several times a day. “This is a safe and secure way for voters to cast their absentee ballot,” City Clerk Joel Hondorp said in a release.

Tracking applications and ballots is becoming a norm these days, and Grand Rapids voters can track their ballots and applications through a website that also has the status of voter registration, polling locations, and sample ballots.

The city says the area's various clerks work together to make sure ballots get to the right place, in case the ballot or application on a non-resident ends up in a box by mistake.

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Grand Rapids election information

Key Dates and Deadlines

Thursday, Sept. 24: Early voting begins, absentee ballots begin being mailed
Monday, Oct. 19: Online, postmarked-by voter registration deadline
Tuesday, Oct. 20 through 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person registration allowed with local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail
Monday, Nov. 2: Absentee/mail-in postmarked-by deadline
Tuesday, Nov. 3: In-person voting