How do I get an absent voter ballot?

Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the City Clerk. You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing one of the following:

  • Application
  • Large print application
  • Letter
  • Postcard
  • Pre-printed application form obtained from the City Clerk

Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

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 absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent 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 absent 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 absent voter ballot.

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1. Who qualifies for an absent voter ballot?
2. How do I get an absent voter ballot?
3. How can I check on the status of my absent voter ballot request?
4. What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
5. How can I check on the status of my absent voter ballot request?
6. Does Michigan allow early voting?
7. How does the voter ID requirement affect me if I vote with an absent voter ballot?
8. What is the Voter ID requirement?
9. How do I determine where I go to vote?
10. How can I learn about the candidates and proposals in my area?
11. Can I use a camera in the polls?
12. If I register to vote by mail, do I need to be aware of any special requirements?
13. Must I vote the entire ballot?
14. Can I wear election-related clothing to the polls?
15. When is the absent voter ballot due?
16. Requesting an Emergency Absentee Ballot