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Important things to remember for today's Presidential Primary

Today's presidential primary polls will be open for voting form 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Voters do not need photo IDs, but do need to double check their ballots to make sure the correct name is selected.
Local Bigfoot reminds Grand Rapidians to vote

Local Bigfoot reminds Grand Rapidians to vote /Eric Tank

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City of Grand Rapids Ward and Precinct Map

City of Grand Rapids Ward and Precinct Map /Courtesy of the City of Grand Rapids

Local Bigfoot reminds Grand Rapidians to vote

Local Bigfoot reminds Grand Rapidians to vote /Eric Tank

Grand Rapids citizens can cast their vote in the Michigan Presidential Primary today from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at their local polling stations.

Voters do not have to be registered with any party to vote today. But the primary is a closed primary, so citizens must choose a Republican or Democratic ballot from which to vote. Even if citizens are registered with the Democrat or Republican party, they may still pick either ballot.

Voters can find their precinct location from which to vote on the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Polling locations for Kent County can be found by city.

Citizens of Grand Rapids may find their ward and precinct polling location on the City of Grand Rapids Ward and Precint Map and may find the address of their polling location on Access Kent's Jurisdiction Polling Locations for Grand Rapids.

Two important things to remember on this election day include the fact that voters do not need photo identification cards, and voters should be aware that candidates may still remain on their ballot who are no longer in the presidential race.

There are four Republican candidates still in the race: Ohio Govenor John Kasich, United States senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and businessman Donald Trump. The Democratic candidates on the Michigan primary ballot are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, United States Senator Bernie Sanders and businessman Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente. 

Photo identification is not required and voters will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting to not having a photo ID. But citizens will be asked for one, and acceptable photo IDs include a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card, a current driver’s license or state ID from another state, a United States passport, a military ID card with photo, federal or state government-issued photo ID, a student ID card from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning or a tribal ID card with photo. 

Citizens have other rights at the polls such as being able to vote in private without interference or intimidation, to look over a sample ballot before voting, to review state and federal laws concerning voting, to ask for help from election workers about anything that confuses them and to get a replacement ballot if a mistake is made while voting. Other rights and responsibilities at the polls can be found here.

Illegal or fraudulent activity can be reported to the local clerk or the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections.

Voters still deciding who to vote for can find candidate comparision charts here and here.

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