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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette A dropbox outside Hancock City Council is one of several locations across the country where voters can return absentee ballots in their municipalities. Ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

HOUGHTON — Tuesday’s primary election looks to have the largest absentee voting in state history. 

As of last week, more than 900,000 of the 2 million absentee ballots sent to Michigan voters had been returned.

In-person voting is still being conducted. A list of local polling places is available at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Masks are not required for in-person voting, but are being strongly recommended, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a July executive order. 

Due to proposals passed by voters in 2018, Michigan voters can vote absentee in elections without providing a reason. 

People registering to vote or updating their address at the clerk’s office on Election Day can request an absent voter ballot at the same time. However, they must then fill out their ballot at the clerk’s office. 

Ballots for Tuesday’s August primary must be received by your local clerk by 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Several jurisdictions also have dropboxes available. The boxes are only for residents of that municipality. According to the state, those include:

Baraga County 

• Spurr Township, 29257 U.S. 41.

Houghton County 

• Chassell Township, 41950 Willson Memorial Dr., Chassell

• Franklin Township, 49850 U.S. 41 

• City of Hancock, 399 Quincy St. 

• Portage Township, 47240 Green Acres Rd.

• Osceola Township, 48545 Main St., Dollar Bay 

• Stanton Township, 50960 Canal Rd.

• Torch Lake Township, 52235 Duncan Ave, Hubbell.

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