Absent Voter Ballots and Automatic Applications

All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.  


An Absent Voter Application Must Be Submitted Each Election

  • Voter's wishing to vote by absent voter ballot must submit a signed AV Application each election.  This requirement has not changed.  
  • The signed application may be dropped off at the Clerk's office, mailed, faxed, or emailed.  Fax and email information is included on the application.  
  • The Application is valid only for the election date(s) indicated on the application.  Michigan Election Law requires voters to complete and return a new application for each election. 

Join the Automatic Application List and Vote From Home

  • Prior to each election, you will be mailed an Application for an absent voter ballot. 
  • If you want to an absent voter ballot for that election, complete, sign, and return the Application.  The Clerk will send you your ballot. No phone calls, no time crunch, and no lines.
  • If you prefer to vote at the polls, simply discard the application and head to your polling place on Election Day. 

Sign up for the Automatic Application List today or check the Automatic Application list option on the AV Application.

    Military and Overseas Civilian/Citizen Voters

    Do you know a Northville voter in the military or an overseas civilian/citizen voter?  We want to help them register to vote and obtain their absent voter ballot. 

    Military and overseas civilian voters covered under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) are eligible to use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to receive a ballot by email or fax to speed the voting process.  The voted ballot must be printed and returned by mail. 

    Covered voters include:

    • A member of a uniformed service on active duty who is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States)
    • A member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States)
    • A spouse or dependent of a member of a uniformed service or a member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of the active duty or service of the member, is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States)
    • A civilian voter who is outside the United States and is eligible to vote in Michigan.

    Military and overseas civilian voters interested in registering to vote and obtaining a ballot for the upcoming election should visiting the Michigan Secretary of State website or log on to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website. 

    Once you file your military and overseas civilian absent voter ballot application, it is valid for all elections held that calendar year.  You must follow this process each year you wish to receive an absent voter ballot.

     

    Photo ID Requirement

    The Photo ID Requirement applies to Absent Voters requesting to receive their ballot in person (PA 523 of 2012). This requirement does not apply to mailed absent voter ballots. 

    If you do not possess acceptable photo ID, you may complete an affidavit and vote a challenged ballot. 

    Having your ballot mailed removes the photo ID requirement.

    Track Your Absent Voter Ballot

    Use the Michigan Voter Information Center to track your absent voter ballot, including:

    • Was the application received?
    • When the ballot was mailed?
    • Did the clerk receive your voted ballot?

     

    Did You Spoil, Lose, or Not Receive Your Absent Voter Ballot?

    Spoiled Absent Voter Ballot
    If you spoiled your Absent Voter Ballot, you may receive a new one. 

    • A signed replacement form is required to receive a new ballot.  Click here for the form
    • Do not destroy or throw away your spoiled ballot.  You need to submit that ballot to the Clerk in order to receive a new ballot.
    • Return the completed Replacement Ballot Form and your spoiled ballot to the City Clerk's office.
    • By 2pm the Saturday prior to the election, a new ballot can be mailed.  After that, you'll need to appear in person at City Hall.  This option expires at 4pm the Monday before election day. 
    • On Election Day, you may surrender your AV ballot at your polling place and receive a new ballot.  If you do not have your absent voter ballot, you may complete an affidavit at your polling place.  

    Lost Absent Voter Ballot - Or Absent Voter Ballot Not Received
    You must apply for an absent voter ballot ​each election, even if you previously voted by absent voter ballot.  If you submitted an application for this election and did not receive your ballot, or you lost your ballot, you may receive a new ballot.  

    • A signed replacement form is required to receive a replacement ballot. Click here for the form
    • Return the completed form to the City Clerk's office. 
    • By 2pm the Saturday prior to election day, a new ballot can be mailed.  After that, you will need to appear in person at City Hall.  This option expires at 4pm the Monday before election day. 
    • On Election Day, you may complete an affidavit and vote in person at your polling place. 

     

    Deadline to Return Voted AV Ballots
    • Absent Voter ballots must be received by the City Clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
    • Postmarks are not accepted.
    • Make sure you sign the Absent Voter Ballot return envelope. Otherwise your ballot cannot be counted.