ABSENTEE VOTING (Responsibility of Local Clerks – CALL YOUR City or Township CLERK TO GET BALLOT)
You are NOT eligible to vote by absentee ballot if:
- You are a first time voter in the State of Michigan and registered to vote by mail.
You are eligible to vote by absentee ballot if the following applies:
- You are 60 years of age or older
- The clerk (city, township or County) has verified your I.D. and signature.
- You will be absent from your community the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
- You are physically unable to go to the polls to vote without the aid of another person.
- Because of religious beliefs you are unable to attend the polls.
- You are an election inspector working outside of your community.
- You are in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.
How do I receive an absentee ballot?
You can request an absentee ballot by writing to your city or township clerk. Your written request must include:
Date of the election
Address where you are registered to vote
Reason you are requesting an absentee ballot
Date of your request
Requests for an ABSENTEE APPLICATION (pre-printed form) can be made by phone.
Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to your clerk's office.
Voting is one of the most cherished and fundamental rights in our county. If you are eligible to obtain an absentee voter ballot and cannot attend the polls on election day, use of the absentee voter ballot is strongly encouraged.
VOTING ON ELECTION DAY
The polls are open from 7:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M.