Absentee Voting

Vote ButtonWhen returning an absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, please use the pre-addressed inside envelope provided and place First Class Postage on the envelope.

Absentee Voter ballots for elections will be available in the City Clerk's office approximately 6 weeks before an election. This is for registered voters of Holland City. Remember to take your photo identification (ID).

To obtain an Absentee Ballot, a registered voter must first complete an Absent Voter Ballot Application. After filling out the application, return it to the City Clerk's office to be issued an absentee ballot. A voter can also submit a written request, indicating the name, address, and an original signature. Applications are available approximately 60 days before an election. Fill out the application in ink and return it in person or by mail to:
   Holland City Clerk
   270 S River Avenue
   Holland, MI 49423

Join the Automatic Application List

To get an absent voter application mailed to you for every election, contact the City Clerk's office. Anyone may be on the list. Applications for each election are automatically mailed out to voters on the list approximately 8 weeks before an election. The voter needs to sign and return the application and then the Clerk's office will issue the voter a ballot.

Picking Up an Absentee Ballot in Person - Requirements

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 Election Day and may be any of the following:

  • Driver's license or personal identification card
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
  • U.S. passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification from a high school or accredited institution 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 valid ID. If the affidavit is signed, the voter will be issued a ballot.

Note: There are additional requirements for first time voters requesting to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Picking Up/Returning Ballots

Michigan absentee ballot envelopes have a new look starting in 2020. Ballots will be mailed out in 6" x 9" white envelopes that have a wide blue stripe on them.

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.

The City of Holland has a drop box for ballots located in the City Hall parking lot and another drop box in the lobby of City Hall.

When returning an absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, please use the pre-addressed inside envelope provided and place First Class Postage on that envelope; the U.S. Post Office will not redeliver an envelope that has already been stamped.