Reminders are to ensure integrity of the election
Acting Clerk Lola Isiminger advises voters to be aware of the following laws that must be followed on the Nov. 7 election day.
If voters see violations of these laws, they should immediately contact the City Clerk’s Office at 313-943-2013 or the Police at 313-943-2241.
It is a felony crime to influence a voter while they are voting.
- Nobody inside the building where a polling place is located is allowed to tell voters who to vote for. This also means that city election workers are not allowed to tell voters which candidates to select.
- Once voters receive a paper ballot at the polling place, they must not hand it to anyone else, including to city election workers.
- After making their candidate choices, voters must put their paper ballot into the ballot counting machine themselves.
- Voters must also tear off the reference number that is at the top of the paper ballot themselves. They should not hand the ballot to anyone else to do this. Do not give it to the city election worker.
- When inserting their paper ballot into the election machine, voters should carefully watch the number on the counter to make sure that it increases by one. Voters should wait for confirmation from the machine that their ballot has been counted.
- If there is an error on the ballot, the tabulator will beep and a message will appear describing the error that was made on the ballot. The poll worker will instruct the voter on the necessary steps to either spoil the ballot and receive a new one, or to have the ballot counted as is. It is choice in this instance.
- Finally, nobody within 100 feet of any building entrance of a polling place is allowed to tell voters who to vote for or to hand out any campaign materials.
There are also laws that govern voters who are voting by absentee ballots.
- Only immediate family members, such as parents, children, or siblings, are allowed to return a ballot for someone voting by absentee. Adults living in the same household may also deliver the form. Mail carriers are permitted to handle absentee ballots as part of their job.
- Absentee voters need to complete their ballots in private. Anyone who assists an absentee voter in any way is required to sign a statement on the ballot’s return envelope. It is a felony crime to influence a voter while they are voting.
If voters see any suspicious activity while voting by absentee ballot or on Election Day, they should immediately call the Clerk’s Office at 313-943-2013 or the Dearborn Police at 313-943-2241.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7.