(WXYZ) — The number of absentee ballots requested and returned continues to rise, and with just one week until election day, the Michigan Department of State said there have been 3.1 million ballots requested.
Of those ballots requested, 2.1 million have been returned, according to the state.
Friday is the deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail in Michigan, but the state is instead urging people to avoid using the mail.
Instead, a spokesperson for the Department of State said that Michiganders should go to their local clerk's office to request a ballot in-person. You can either leave with the ballot, fill it out, sign and seal the envelope and then return it, or fill it out there and drop it off.
Michiganders should also avoid mailing their filled out ballot, and instead, drop it in a drop-box in your jurisdiction or return it to your local clerk.
Those who are registered have until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 to request an absentee ballot in-person. If you aren't registered, you can register and request an absentee ballot until 8 p.m. on election day.
There are hundreds of absentee ballot drop-boxes throughout the state, but you MUST use the one that is in your local designation. You can find your drop box here by clicking "who is my clerk."
You can also track your absentee ballot to see when it was sent and received. Click here.
If you have already voted absentee and wish to change your vote, you can spoil your ballot by submitting a written request to your city or township clerk. You must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.