Michigan voters in 2020 shattered previous records for the number of absentee ballots cast in a general election. Contributing to the shift away from in-person voting: the COVID-19 pandemic, new election rules, highly contested elections, and record-breaking voter turnout.
Midterm elections historically have lower turnout, and Michigan Farm Bureau is encouraging voters to continue taking advantage of absentee ballots in the 2022 primary and general elections.
“At the end of the day, we want our members and rural Michigan to let their voices be heard by participating in the democratic process,” said Matt Kapp, Michigan Farm Bureau’s elections expert. “Voting via absentee ballot provides another method to do that.
“Farm Bureau members need to vote. Getting the agricultural voice voting is what matters.”
New to voting absentee?
Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center’s (MVIC) Vote at Home section to request an absentee ballot. Just be sure to return your ballot within two weeks of election day.
Registered to vote absentee?
If you’ve already requested to vote absentee and need to check the status of your ballot, look up your personalized voter information also located on the MVIC. Your unique dashboard will display a ballot preview, if your ballot was sent/received, your clerk’s contact information, your polling location and more.
Looking to support farm-friendly candidates?
Kapp also recommends voters review Michigan Farm Bureau’s 2022 Friends of Agriculture.
“Our Friends of Agriculture were vetted by county Farm Bureau members and selected for their commitment to represent our Michigan farm and agribusiness families in a way that enables them to continue producing nutritious and abundant food.”
Learn more about the organization’s nonpartisan political action committee, AgriPac, and its endorsement process on the new MFB website.