Due to the November 2018 passage of a statewide ballot proposal, all registered voters in Michigan are now eligible to vote via absentee ballot without a specific reason. A written request to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you can be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in any of the following ways:
- Drop box in parking lot – 320 W. Broadway Street
- Postal mail – City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street
- Email (scan or photo of application) – email@example.com
- Fax – Attention: City Clerk – (989) 773-4691
- In person in the Clerk’s office – Upstairs at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street
Absentee Voter Application Forms are available at the City Clerk’s office or can be found online at http://www.michigan.gov/sos. You can also visit www.mi.gov/vote to see what contests and questions are on your ballot, as well as track your application and ballot.
If you have concerns related to COVID-19 and voting, many of the options available still allow you to fully participate in the voting process, but in a contactless manner.
By mail: Absentee voter ballots may be mailed to you at your home address or any temporary address outside of your city of residence until 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. Ballots must be returned via postal mail (it is recommended to mail a week before the election to allow adequate time for delivery), drop box located in the City Hall parking lot, or in person to the Clerk’s office by8 p.m. on election day.
In-person absentee voting: This option is available at the City Clerk’s office from now until Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4 p.m. For your convenience, the City Clerk’s office will also be open for in-person absentee voting on Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
All registered voters can now also request to be added to the permanent absentee voter list maintained by the City. Once an individual is on the permanent absentee voter list, they will receive an application to vote absentee for every election. After the completed application to vote absentee is received by the Clerk’s office, a ballot will be mailed directly to the voter, eliminating a trip to the voting precinct on election day.
Election Day is Tuesday, August 4, 2020 and polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Even though safety protocols will be in place at all polling locations, absentee voting is the safest option during this COVID-19 pandemic. Need a ride to and from the polls? I-Ride is offering free rides. Call (989) 772-9441 to schedule.
Visit www.michigan.gov/vote to confirm where you are registered to vote. If you have questions regarding absentee voting, or being added to the permanent absentee voter list, call (989) 779-5361.