The League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe members took photos of the drop boxes in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods so voters know where to drop off their absentee ballots.

The League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe members took photos of the drop boxes in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods so voters know where to drop off their absentee ballots.

Photo provided by the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe


Getting ready for Election Day Nov. 3

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published October 27, 2020

GROSSE POINTES/HARPER WOODS —  While many registered voters in Grosse Pointe Woods already have cast their votes through absentee ballots, others will head to the polls Nov. 3 to vote in person.

The Grosse Pointe Woods City Clerk’s office, 20025 Mack Plaza Drive, is ready for them.

“We have prepared for 100% turnout, and I am hoping everyone qualified to vote casts a ballot on Election Day,” Grosse Pointe Woods City Clerk Lisa Kay Hathaway said via email.

As of 2 p.m. Oct. 23, the city had issued 8,157 absentee ballots, and 5,370 — or 66% — were already returned. An absentee refers to an individual who does not vote in person on Election Day but submits his or her ballot prior to or on Election Day by mail or by dropping it off to the City Clerk’s Office.

Several races will be on Tuesday’s ballot, including U.S. president, U.S. House of Representatives District 14, State House of Representatives District 1 and the Wayne RESA Regional Enhancement Millage Renewal Proposal.

A very contentious race this year is the Grosse Pointe Public School System Board of Education. Fifteen candidates filed to run for four 4-year terms; however, one candidate withdrew from the race, bringing the number to 14. In addition, three candidates are running for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2022.

A sample ballot is available at the city’s website at www.gpwmi.us. Go to the City Clerk’s Office page and then click on “Elections and Voting.” The page includes information about the upcoming election.

Residents should bring their driver’s license with them to the polls on Election Day. City Clerk staff is prepared and will finish processing absentee ballots in Grosse Pointe Woods on Election Day.

“We have taken measures such as obtaining a grant for, and purchasing, high-speed letter openers and laptops, as well as establishing an additional Absent Voter Counting Board, increasing from two to three,” Hathaway said.

Here are some dates to keep in mind. A request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to the voter by first-class mail must be received by the City Clerk’s office at 5 p.m. Oct 30. If the request or email is submitted after the deadline, a ballot cannot be mailed.

When applying, voters are required to fill out an absentee ballot application form and return it. Applications are available at www.gpwmi.us under the “City Clerk” page. Voters may do this in person and immediately receive their ballot, return it by email, return it in the drop box or return it in person. It cannot be done by phone.

Another way to receive an absentee ballot is to appear in person with your application and identification at the City Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. Nov. 2. In addition, the City Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 31.

Absentee ballots must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3. Drop boxes are available outside the City Hall building, or voters can drop them inside the City Clerk’s Office.

There are three ballot drop boxes for voters. One is located inside City Hall, and two more are located on the circle drive in front of the municipal complex. Voters can track absentee applications and absentee ballots at www.michigan.gov/vote.

A resident may register to vote up until the close of the polls Election Day, Nov. 3. New registrants will receive a receipt they must provide to the election workers at the polls. Identification is required.

“A Michigan driver’s license or state ID is best,” Hathaway said. “For proof of residency, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check, or other government document is also accepted.”

And while voters could not split their ticket across party lines during the Primary Election Aug. 4, they can cross political party lines Nov. 3.

Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the city will supply a number of safety items on Election Day, including personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer, masks and gloves. There also will be bottles with bleach, water and towels to sanitize booths, pens and voter identifications. Floors will be marked for social distancing.

According to the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe, if a voter doesn’t have a photo identification, he or she can still vote. The poll worker will ask the voter to sign an affidavit before that explains why there is no voter identification.

All five Grosse Pointes have absentee ballot drop boxes outside their respective municipal buildings. Harper Woods has an indoor ballot drop box available during business hours, according to the LWVGP. For more information on the upcoming election, visit Vote411.org. The LWV also has a video “Marking Your Mail-In Ballot Count” available on YouTube or its Facebook page.

Due to construction in three schools where Grosse Pointe Woods precincts are housed, those precincts have been relocated. At the Aug. 31, 2020, City Council meeting held via Zoom videoconferencing, the council voted 7-0 to concur with the recommendation of the Election Commission to permanently establish the city’s precincts, as follows:
• Precinct 1 Mason School — 1640 Vernier Road (Formerly Ferry School).
• Precinct 2 Mason School.
• Precinct 3 Community Center — 20025 Mack Plaza Drive (Formerly Parcells School).
• Precinct 4 Community Center.
• Precinct 5 Barnes School — 20090 Morningside Drive (Formerly Monteith School).
• Precinct 6 Barnes School.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 3.