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August 27, 2010 (Issue 501)
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- Absent Voter Counting Boards:
law, MCL 168.569a, stipulates that candidate names must be rotated on the ballot
in specified instances to eliminate the chance that a candidate may be unfairly
advantaged or disadvantaged in an election by his or her position on the ballot.
When rotations are required, the candidate names are rotated from one precinct
to the next.
As a cost saving
measure, when preparing absentee ballots, it is recommended that the ballot
rotation(s) established for each precinct be applied to the absentee ballots
that will be used at a primary or election regardless of whether the absentee
ballots will be processed in a precinct or absent voter counting board precinct.
This means that all voters who apply for an absentee voter ballot will
receive a ballot that is identical to the ballot issued at the polls on Election
process will permit a number of different configurations of absent voter
counting boards. For example, you may establish a single absent voter counting
board for each regular precinct or a number of ballot styles may be combined
into a single absent voter counting board as the tabulator programming can
handle more than a single ballot style.
What you cannot do
is combine the absent voter counting board vote totals into the corresponding
precinct totals. The only way this can be done is to send the absent voter
ballots to the precinct to be processed and tabulated on Election Day.
information regarding this issue will be forwarded next week.
Please contact the Bureau of Elections at: 1-800-292-5973.