Local voters opting to vote in person

Linda Gallagher

REGION — As they were allowed, and encouraged, to do during the school elections held in many areas of the state last spring to help prevent the risk of the novel coronavirus, registered voters in both Antrim and Kalkaska counties once again have the option of casting their ballot by mail for the larger Tuesday, Aug. 4 primary election. 

But many voters say they will vote in person, despite the continued risk of exposure to COVID-19. which many health experts are saying is an even higher risk now than it was last spring. 

After the state constitution was amended in 2018, allowing any registered voter the right to cast an absentee ballot, interest surged in voting by mail, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who pointed out requests for absentee ballots have more than doubled for the upcoming primary election, with 1.8 million ballots sent out, over the 484,094 sent out for the 2016 primary election. 

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