Tuesday, Nov. 3 2020 General Election
What's on the Ballot
Elections for President, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are on the ballot, along with state and county races. There are no City offices up for election in 2020. However, voters in the City of Jackson will see two ballot proposals that ask voters to consider changes to the City Charter.
The City of Jackson is seeing a large increase in residents voting by absentee ballot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Voters who applied for an absentee ballot in the August Primary Election and indicated they’d like to receive an absentee ballot for the Nov. General Election on their application will automatically receive their Nov. ballots in the mail.
Those wanting to request an absentee ballot, who have not already applied, may apply on the Secretary of State’s website, by mail, by email, or in person. If you’d like to check on the status of your absentee ballot, such as if one is coming to your home or has been received by the City Clerk’s Office, visit the Secretary of State’s website.
It’s important for absentee voters living in the same household to pay close attention to ensure the ballot assigned to them is returned in the appropriate envelope. Contact the City Clerk’s Office if a mistake is made on your absentee ballot to get instructions on how to correct it. Voters may return ballots directly to the City Clerk’s Office on the First Floor of Jackson City Hall.
Two ballot drop boxes are available for contactless submission or absentee ballots. One is located outside Jackson City Hall at 161 W. Michigan Ave. and another is located inside the City Clerk's Office.
Those opting to return ballots by mail are encouraged to do so as early as possible. In the days before the election, voters are urged to directly submit their completed absentee ballots to the City Clerk's Office using a drop box or in-person submission.
Voters who are registering to vote on Election Day may obtain and vote an absentee voter ballot in person at the Clerk's Office or vote in person at their voting precinct.
Ballot Submission Deadline
The Michigan Secretary of State has ballot submission deadlines listed on its website.
Spoiling an Absentee Ballot
If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote, a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written request to the City Clerk's Office. More information is available about this on the Secretary of State’s website.
Safe Voting at Jackson Polling Places
All Jackson polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
COVID-19 safety guidelines will be used at all polling places to protect the health of poll workers and voters. Those concerned about voting in person may request an absentee ballot.
Important Dates for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election
- FRIDAY, OCT. 30: Requests to receive an absentee voter ballot by mail must be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
- SATURDAY, OCT. 31: Jackson City Clerk's Office open for pre-election services from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- MONDAY, NOV. 2: Voters may obtain an absentee voter ballot in person at the Clerk's Office by 4 p.m.
- TUESDAY, NOV. 3: Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those registering to vote on Election Day may obtain and vote an absentee voter ballot in person at the Clerk's Office or vote in person at their voting precinct. All absentee voter ballots must be returned to the Clerk's Office via mail, drop box, or in-person submission by 8 p.m.
All precincts within each ward vote at the same location. Map of the City of Jackson's ward boundaries (PDF)
- WARD 1: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 1107 Adrian St.
- WARD 2: Boos Center in Loomis Park, 210 Gilbert St.
- WARD 3: St. John's Parish Center, 711 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
- WARD 4: First Presbyterian Church, 743 W. Michigan Ave.
- WARD 5: St. John's United Center for Caring, 801 S. Mechanic St.
- WARD 6: Cascades Baptist Church, 1012 W. High St.
See your Ballot Before Voting
If you'd like to see what's on your ballot before heading to the polls, sample ballots are available online.
About Elections in Jackson
Elections in the City of Jackson are administered by the Jackson City Clerk's Office. The City Clerk is the Chief Election Officer and is responsible for conducting all elections held in the City of Jackson. Voter registrations are processed daily through the statewide qualified voter file to maintain the records of approximately 23,000 registered city voters. The city is divided into six wards and 16 precincts with conveniently located polling places for voters to cast their ballots on election days.
City of Jackson election results are reported through the Jackson County Clerk's website.