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FAQ

Questions on Voter Registration, Voting Absentee, Where is my ballot and voting at the polls.

Election

What does my November Ballot look like?
What's the deadline to register?

In order to vote in the November 3, 2020 election, your completed voter registration application must be received or postmarked by October 19, 2020.

If you register after October 19, 2020  it must be at your city clerk’s office.  

You’ll need to bring your proof of eligibility and residency.

Proof of eligibility:
To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

Proof of residency:
You must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • Michigan driver’s license or state ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or government check
  • Other government document
I've moved. Do I have to update my registration?
  • If you move to a new city or township, you must re-register. If you move within the city and are already registered to vote, you only need to update your address with the city/township clerk.
If the voter moved out of the City ON OR BEFORE September 4, 2020 (60 days) you will need to register in your new community in order to vote.
Vote by mail.  Is it a secure process?

Any voter may request to vote absentee.  They must fill out and sign an absent voter ballot application.  When City Hall receives this application the voter is looked up on the Michigan Qualified Voter File (MQVF), the signature on the application is verified against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. Forging someone else’s signature on an application and submitting it to receive a ballot is a crime, often prosecuted as a felony. City Hall may call a voter if the signature on file doesn't match with the application.   If the voter comes into City Hall they must have their ID with them.

  • Once the application signature is verified, it  is marked received. 
  • A ballot is issued to the voter showing the date it is being sent and the ballot number issued to the voter.  A ballot may be issued through the mail, in-person or emailed if the voter is oversea . 
  • The application is then filed in the clerk’s office. 
  • Once the ballot is returned back to City Hall, the voter signature on the return envelope must match the signature on file, along with the ballot number.  If everything matches it then is recorded as received.

On Election Day all absentee ballots are turned over to the Absentee Counting Board.  

VOTING ABSENTEE

An application for an absentee ballot was mailed to every registered voter in Michigan. If you did not receive one or cannot find it, you can:

  • Call your city clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you
  • Download an application here, to return it in person, by email or mail to your local clerk 
When is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot?

Requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. 

If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.

When do I need to deliver my ballot?

Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to your City Clerk at City Hall by 8 p.m. on Election Day.  We recommend using the ballot drop box (circle drive in front of City Hall) instead of mailing your ballot. 

Did my ballot arrive?

All registered voters can track their ballot by looking up their information in the voter information section of this website.

What if I received an absentee ballot, but want to vote at the polls now?

Before Election Day - Bring your absentee ballot back to City Hall and it will be spoiled so you can vote at the polls.

Election Day – Bring your absentee ballot to the Precinct and turn it into election inspector when turning in your application to vote.  You will be issued a new ballot in the precinct.

What if I have an emergency on Election Day?

If an emergency, like a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot.

Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted before 4 p.m. on Election Day.

I submitted my ballot. Can I change my vote?

If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote, a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written request to their city clerk.

  • The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot.
  • The voter must surrender the spoiled ballot.
  • This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election.
  • There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.
Who is running for City Council?  Any ballot proposals?