Did you vote early for a candidate who dropped out? You can vote again.

By: - March 2, 2020 4:35 pm

Chuck Todd of NBC News greets Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former housing secretary Julian Castro, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and other candidates after the first night of the Democratic presidential debate on June 26, 2019 in Miami, Florida. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Michigan voters have been casting ballots for the primary election since Jan. 25. Since then, seven candidates (six Democrats and one Republican) who were on the ballot have dropped out — and several did previously. 

But don’t worry if you voted for a candidate who has taken themselves out of the fight. Because Michigan allows for votes to be rescinded and recast until Monday, March 9, the day before the primary election.

Michigan ballot | Susan J. Demas

As of Monday morning, 3,894 voters have “spoiled” their absentee ballot, according to the Michigan Secretary of State. This is less than 1% of the total 453,193 absentee ballots submitted nine days ahead of the election.

Voters can send a written request to their local clerk by mail by 2 p.m. March 7.

In the request, the voter will determine whether they would like another absentee ballot or if they will vote in person on Election Day. The request must be signed by the voter in order to be valid.  

For those early voters who want to wait until the last minute, you will have until 4 p.m. on March 9 to visit the clerk’s office in person and request to rescind your early vote.

With only eight days left until the presidential primary, there is still time to register to vote and cast your ballot in Michigan. Visit your city or township clerk’s office to register and vote all in one visit. If you have questions about how to register and vote, or experience any challenges along the way, the ACLU and its partners can help. Call with any questions or problems at (866) OUR-VOTE, or visit MichiganVoting.org.

On the Republican ticket, former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will both be listed on the ballot, but have dropped out of the race against incumbent President Donald Trump.

The Democratic candidates who have backed out, but will still appear on the ballot are: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.), U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), billionaire Tom Steyer, author Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang.

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Allison R. Donahue
Allison R. Donahue

Allison R. Donahue is a former Michigan Advance reporter who covered education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8.