Absent Voter Ballots (Vote by Mail) 

Vote by Mail Option Available for All Registered Voters
All registered voters in Michigan have the right to vote by mail without providing a reason. It is a safe way to vote and protect your health. 

  • Apply for an Absent Voter Ballot Online (application is emailed directly to Clerk)
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  • Absent Voter Ballot Application (paper application)
    Active prior to election
  • Military and Overseas Civilian/Citizen Voters AV Ballot Application
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  • Track Status of My Ballot and When Received and Accepted by Clerk
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Spoiled, Lost Ballots and Photo ID Information


Did You Spoil, Lose, Or Not Receive Your AV Ballot (Vote By Mail) ?

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

  • A signed affidavit is required to receive a replacement 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 5pm the Friday 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. 

 

 

 

Photo ID Requirement for In-Person AV Ballots

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.


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.