If I am on the list or receive an absentee ballot do I have to vote absentee?

Receiving an absentee ballot application does not obligate the voter to cast an absentee ballot for that election. If a voter receives an absentee ballot application but doesn’t want to vote in that particular election or wants to vote in person on Election Day, they can simply throw the form away (or shred it).  If the voter does not return the request form there is no consequence to the voter’s registration status, their ability to vote in person on election day, their ability to request an absentee ballot for future elections, or their place on the permanent list.

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1. What if I have questions about the Presidential Primary Election?
2. When may I register to vote?
3. Do I have to register for each election?
4. Where can I register to vote?
5. May I register to vote by mail?
6. Can I vote by absentee ballot?
7. Can you automatically mail me a ballot for each election?
8. May I pick up an absentee ballot for my spouse?
9. I have power of attorney for my family member, can I pick up an absentee ballot for him/her?
10. How do I get to vote absentee in every election?
11. How can I be added to the Permanent Absentee Application List?
12. I’m on the permanent list, why didn’t I receive a ballot?
13. If I am on the list or receive an absentee ballot do I have to vote absentee?
14. Where can I drop off my voted Absentee Ballot?
15. What more can you tell me about the voting machines?
16. How is by mail voting (i.e. "absentee ballot voting") kept secure?
17. How do I know election security procedures are being followed?
18. How are election results verified?
19. Do I have to be a registered Republican or Democrat to participate in Michigan’s Presidential Primary?
20. Why do I have to select a party ballot for the Presidential Primary?
21. What is the difference between an Open Primary and a Closed Primary?
22. When I select a party ballot for the Presidential Primary, does that mean I have to vote in the same party primary in August?
23. What does an “uncommitted” vote mean for the Presidential Primary?
24. I already voted my Presidential Primary absentee ballot and returned it to the Clerk's Office, but the candidate I voted for has since suspended his/her campaign. Can I change my vote?