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Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots beginning 45 days prior to Election Day. These ballots are tabulated on Election Day.
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Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Check your voter registration at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
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:
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.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 248-644-1520. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. for all elections.
You can check on the status of your absent voter ballot request by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Voters can obtain contact information for their clerk by using the Michigan Voter Information Center.
If obtaining your absent voter ballot in person, you will be requested to show photo ID.
If you are not in possession of photo ID, you can simply sign an affidavit stating you are not in possession of photo ID. This requirement does not apply if requesting your ballot via mail.
When you go to the polls to cast a ballot, you will be asked to produce photo identification. The requirements are the result of a 1996 law determined to be enforceable by the Michigan Supreme Court in 2007.The following types of photo ID are acceptable:
The ID does not need your address. If you do not have photo ID or do not bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote. Simply sign an affidavit stating that you are not in possession of photo identification. Your ballot is included with all others and is counted on Election Day.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, 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.
Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they did not register to vote at their new address by the close of registration for this election.
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.
No, the use of video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices are prohibited in the polls when they are open for voting. This includes still cameras and other recording features built into many cell phones. The ban applies to all voters, challengers, poll watchers and election workers. Exceptions are made for credentialed members of the news media though certain restrictions remain.
You must meet an identification requirement under federal law. That means you must:
Never send an original document.
If you don't fulfill that requirement, you will be asked for an acceptable form of identification before you vote in your first election in Michigan. The identification requirement does not apply if:
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.
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.
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 election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
You may make an "emergency" request for an absentee ballot if you cannot attend the polls because of:
The emergency must have occurred after 5 p.m. on Friday prior to the election. If you are requesting an emergency absentee ballot, you may have someone deliver your written request for the ballot to your city or township clerk's office before 4 p.m. on Election Day. Emergency ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.