Secretary Land urges voters to cast ballots Local jurisdictions to hold primaries, special elections Aug. 7

    Communities are voting on candidates for mayoral positions, county commissioner seats and city positions such as clerk and treasurer, among others.  Other communities will vote on school and library issues.
     “For many cities, choices made in August’s primary election will affect November’s general election,” said Land, Michigan’s chief election officer.  “I encourage all registered voters to exercise their right to vote.  Elections are the foundation on which democracy thrives and your participation is essential to making the process a success.”
     Voters must have registered by July 9, in order to cast ballots in this election.
     Voters who need to have their absentee ballot mailed to them must apply for the ballot no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4.  Absentee ballots can be obtained in person anytime through 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6.  Voters who request an absentee ballot in person on Monday, Aug. 6 must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office.  Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. on the date of the election.
   These elections are being held under Michigan’s consolidated elections law.  A limited number of cities and villages will conduct primaries and elections on Sept. 11.  The final election date in 2007 will be Nov. 6, when many cities will elect municipal officers.
    To find out if there is an election in their community, or for additional information, voters can visit the Secretary of State Web site at or check with their county clerk’s office.  In addition, the Michigan Voter Information Center can help residents determine whether they’re registered to vote and find their polling locations.  The Web site is