Absentee ballots for any election can be obtained from the City Clerk's Office, and are generally available 20 days prior to the election. Registered voters are eligible to receive an absentee ballot if they:
- Expect to be absent from the City on Election Day;
- Are physically unable to attend the polls
- Are 60 years of age or older.
To obtain an Absentee Ballot, a registered voter must first complete an Absentee Voter Application. After filling out the application, return it to the City Clerk's office to be issued an absentee ballot. The voter can also submit a written request, indicating the name, address, reason for requesting the ballot, and an original signature. Absentee Voter Applications and Absentee Ballots can be obtained and returned in person or by mail. Applications are available approximately 60 days before an election.
The State of Michigan requires a voter who is receiving his or her own ballot in person at the Clerk's Office to present a valid photo ID or sign an affidavit. Valid forms of ID are the same as required at the polls on Elecion Day and include:
- Driver's license or personal identification card
- Federal or state government-issued photo identification
- US passport
- Military identification card with photo
- Student identification from a high school or accredited instituiton of higher learning with photo
- Tribal identification with photo
If a voter does not have a valid photo ID, the voter will be asked to sign an affidavit stating that he or she is not in possession of a vaid ID. If the affidavit is signed, the voter will be issued a ballot.
State law does not allow one person to pick up a ballot for another person. If an individual returns an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of another, that ballot will be mailed to the voter.
When returning an absentee ballot by US Mail, please use the inside envelope provided and place First Class Postage on that envelope; the US Post Office will no redeliver an envelope that has already been stamped.
NOTE: There are additional requirements for first time voters requesting to vote by Absentee Ballot.
ALL VOTERS: The last day to register to vote for any election is 30 days prior to that election.