The City Clerk is the custodian of the official records of the City, maintaining files that include ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements and affidavits. The Clerk serves as the clerk of the City Commission and keeps a permanent record of the proceedings of the City Commission, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The City Clerk is also responsible for administration of all local, school, state and federal elections, voter registration, and maintaining voter registration records through the Qualified Voter File. In addition, the Clerk is responsible for publishing and posting all legal notices and serving as the Freedom of Information Act coordinator.
- How do I get an absent voter ballot?
Learn more about how to apply for an absentee ballot on the Michigan Secretary of State website.
- How can I check on the status of my absent voter ballot request?
Voters can obtain information on the status of their absentee ballot by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
- What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all elections.
- What is Early Voting?
Learn more about Early Voting in Michigan from the Secretary of State’s website resources.
- How do I determine where I go to vote?
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, and where you cast your ballot on Election Day. If you are not registered, you can follow the step-by-step instructions to register. You may also learn about voting equipment in your precinct, the voter identification requirement, and what you need to know if you would like to work at the polls on Election Day.
- How can I learn about the candidates and proposals in my area?
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine what you will see on your ballot on Election Day. You may also contact the City Clerk to view a sample ballot.
- Must I vote the entire ballot?
You are not required to vote the entire ballot. You may pick and choose the races or ballot questions for which you want to vote. Skipping sections of the ballot does not invalidate your ballot.
- Can I wear election-related clothing to the polls?
Michigan has prohibited the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls for decades. This includes clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.
- When is the absent voter ballot due?
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the City 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 an election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.