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Trenton City Clerk: 'Anyone Who Has to Work on Election Day Should Vote Absentee'

Voting is expected to take twice as long as normal due to the addition of a second ballot, according to Trenton City Clerk Trish Gearhart.

Voters might be surprised to see, not one but, two ballots when they go to vote on election day, according to Trenton City Clerk Trish Gearhart.

The November election ballot will be on two separate ballot sheets this year and both sheets are two-sided.

Gearhart said the addition of the second ballot could double voting times, causing people waiting in long lines at the polls to simply not vote.

She encouraged Trenton residents who have to work on election day to vote absentee.

"It's going to take voters a long time to vote this ballot and, if you have the day off go to the polling place, but if you have to work, have appointments or any other commitments, you should vote absentee," Gearhart said.

The second ballot was added due to the lack of space on a single card.

"It wouldn't all fit on a ballot so they added another," Gearhart said.

Les October 03, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Read an absentee voter ballot application ---- six reasons only for obtaining an absentee voter ballot - and none of them are those ones suggested by the City Clerk!
Leah Derby October 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I am surprised not to see a response from the City Clerk. I am surprised that more people haven't expressed concern about this. If the City Clerk is playing fast and loose about this section of the election laws, who's to say she's running a fair, non-biased election across the board? She should have made available an image of the ballot that people can look at and become comfortable with the idea of voting right here on the patch instead of encouraging folks to break the law and vote absentee because "they have errands to run"
Les October 05, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I guess the City Clerk must be part of the entitlement society ---- feeling that she can do anything she wants without respecting the laws and constitution! Wake up Clerk! It is time she becomes accountable to the citizens of Trenton, and not to the political machine that encourages her.
Nate Stemen October 05, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Here's some information that might offer some additional insight into absentee voting. Click the link: http://trenton-grosseile.patch.com/articles/trenton-city-clerk-any-voter-can-vote-absentee
Les October 05, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Nate ---- the information was already posted ---- and it does not include people who want to run errands, and claim they will be working that day. Remember the polls are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. It is no rumor ---- it is the law of the State of Michigan!

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