Joyce Floyd drops off her ballot at Southfield City Hall Oct. 23. Southfield officials are urging residents to vote early, if possible.

Joyce Floyd drops off her ballot at Southfield City Hall Oct. 23. Southfield officials are urging residents to vote early, if possible.

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Southfield already breaking records ahead of Election Day

Officials encourage use of ballot dropboxes

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published October 27, 2020

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SOUTHFIELD — As the calendar moves toward November and Election Day nears, Southfield officials are urging residents to get out and vote.

Whether it be using one of the several drop boxes placed around the city or by filling out a ballot in person, there are plenty of ways to make your voice heard.

Mayor Ken Siver said 34,000 absentee ballots were sent out and 23,100 had been returned as of Oct. 23.

With Election Day creeping closer, the Clerk’s Office is recommending absentee ballots be dropped off at City Hall or brought to one of the drop boxes around the city instead of being mailed to ensure the ballot is received.

“This is record breaking,” Siver said. “We have 57,000 registered voters, and we’ve never had this many absentee ballots and we’ve never had this many people voting this early. So people are heading our plea to vote early.”

The ballot drop boxes placed around the city have 24-hours a day, seven days a week access. Those boxes will be available until 8 p.m. Nov. 3.

The location of those drop boxes are City Hall’s Front Circle Drive, the Southfield Library drive-up lane, Fire Station No. 2, Fire Station No. 3, Fire Station No. 5, Burgh Historical Park, Southfield High School for the Arts and Technology, and Glenn Schoenhals Elementary School.

The Clerk’s Office will also be open for extended hours on Oct. 31. The office will be open for early voting, ballot drop-offs and any questions from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day.

“They were places that we felt were secure,” Deputy City Clerk Nicole Humphries said of the drop boxes. “As you look at it, it’s kind of like north, south, east, west and central, so that no one can say, ‘I can’t get to a ballot box.’”

City officials said they plan to take every precaution necessary to keep residents safe during the pandemic, especially during in-person voting, where crowds could form.

Siver said residents should vote early, if possible. He added that voting is an important part of keeping the city in a good place.

“We think it’s extremely important, and we’re encouraging everyone to cast their votes,” Siver said. “Elections have consequences, and there are a number of issues on the ballot.”

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