LANSING (WWJ) – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is encouraging Michigan voters to view their sample ballot prior to the Nov. 6 general election in order to help shorten lines on Election Day.

It’s as easy as visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center online at

“Doing a little bit of homework and knowing what you are voting on before you reach the polls will make the voting process faster and easier for all voters, and help lines move more quickly in your polling location,” Johnson, Michigan’s chief elections officer, said in a statement.

To view a sample ballot, voters will need to know their county, jurisdiction (i.e. city, township) and precinct — all information that can be found on your voter ID card.

Voters in some areas will face lengthier ballots, thanks in part to six statewide ballot proposals. Those issues, combined with local proposals and local, county, state and federal races, have resulted in two-page ballots in some areas.

Voters in Emmett, Genesee, Muskegon and Wayne counties will vote on two-page ballots. Some voters in Kalamazoo and Kent counties will also see two-page ballots.

Voters are allowed to bring the sample ballot into their polling location in order to facilitate marking the official ballot, but should be sure to take the sample ballot with them when they leave the voting booth. It may not be shown to other voters.

Also on the Michigan Voter Information Center website, residents can check their voter registration status, find their polling location, learn about absentee voting, get information on Michigan’s voter ID laws and view contact information for their local clerk.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Find more information on the Michigan Voter Information Center at

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