Your guide to the August 2 primary election

Farmington and Farmington Hills voters go to the polls August 2 for Michigan’s state-wide primary, and we’ve got answers to common Election Day questions:

Where do I vote?

Your precinct number and location are on your voter registration card. You can also find your polling place by entering your name and address, or driver’s license number, at vote.michigan.gov/MVIC/, or by calling the city clerk’s office in Farmington, 248-474-5500, ext. 2218, or Farmington Hills, 248-871-2410. Keep in mind that five Farmington Hills precinct locations have changed, due to ongoing Farmington Public Schools construction:

  • Precinct #3 moves to Orchard United Methodist Church, 30450 Farmington Rd.
  • Precincts #18 and #19 move to Beechview Elementary, 26850 Westmeath
  • Precinct #21 moves to Alameda School, 32400 Alameda
  • Precincts #24 and #25 move to the Finnish Center, 35200 Eight Mile Rd.

A map of the precinct changes is available at fhgov.com, under “Elections”. For more information, call the City Clerk’s Office at 248-871-2410.

When are the polls open?

Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Where can I find information about what’s on the ballot?

Sample ballots are available on the City of Farmington website, farmgov.com, and City of Farmington Hills website, fhgov.com. Remember: This is a partisan primary, so you can only vote for candidates from one party – no crossing over. Anyone who is eligible to cast a ballot may vote; you don’t have to be a “registered” party member.

The League of Women Voters offers voter guides, in which candidates answer questions about themselves and their positions. The guide includes information about the Detroit Zoo millage proposal: lwvoa.org/voter_guides.html. In addition, the oc115 local news website has candidate and ballot issue profiles here: oaklandcounty115.com.

Are there any local races or issues?

In this election, there are no local referendums, and no city council or school board races on the ballot.

Can I still turn in my absentee ballot?

You can, until 8 p.m., but only at your City Hall.

What if I’m not registered?

Then you’re out of luck – the registration deadline has passed for this election.

Do I need a photo ID?

Yes. However, if you’ve forgotten yours or don’t have one, you can still cast a ballot, by signing an affidavit. Learn more about voter identification at michigan.gov/sos.

Can I bring a flyer or other item to remind me who to vote for?

Campaign materials cannot be visible inside the polling place.

What about my cell phone?

You can bring it, but you’re not allowed to use it inside the polling place.

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