The Election Department is responsible for overseeing the printing and distribution of election ballots and conducting national, state, and county elections. The canvass of votes in state, county, local, and school district elections is under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk.
- CLICK HERE for Election Department "Frequently Asked Questions"
Michigan Voter Information Center
- CLICK HERE to verify your Voter Registration Information, find your polling location, track the status of your Absentee Ballot, or View your Sample Ballot for the upcoming election.
Upcoming Campaign Finance Deadlines
On January 6, 2016 Governor Snyder signed PA 269 of 2015. The new law makes a number of changes to the Michigan Campaign Finance Act -- one of which is the elimination of the Annual Statement for local Candidate Committees, Political & Independent Committees and Ballot Question Committees.
Since the Bill has immediate effect, the 2015 Annual Statement due on February 1, 2016 is no longer required to be filed.
2016 Candidate Filing Information
Register to Vote
CLICK HERE to download a Voter Registration Application (pdf document). Or use the "Fax-On-Demand" system to print out an application (call 800-514-0451, and request document 6590).
Register To Vote By Mail or In Person: If you are 18 years of age or more, a United States citizen, and a Michigan resident you may register to vote:
Absent Voter Ballots
Absent Voter Ballot Application (pick one):
CLICK HERE to track and confirm your absent voter ballot online
Absent voter ballots are available for all elections. You may vote with an absent voter ballot if:
- You are unable to vote without assistance.
- You are 60 years of age or older.
- You expect to be absent from your city or township on election day.
- You are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial.
- You have been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you are registered.
- Or you are unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs.
If any of these situations exist, you can obtain an absent voter ballot by writing your city or township Clerk. You must state the reason why you need an absent voter ballot and you must sign the request. A pre-printed absent voter ballot application form is available from your city or township Clerk upon request.
If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you can use a Federal Postcard Application to apply for an absent voter ballot. The FPCA must be signed under oath unless you, your spouse or your parents are serving in the armed forces or Merchant Marines.
Send the completed application to your city or township clerk for federal, state and city/township elections. If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 2:00 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Make your request early to allow for delivery time.
A voter eligible to vote by absent voter ballot may also vote in person at your local clerk's office anytime up to 4:00 p.m. the day before the election. All absent voter ballots must be received by your local clerk's office not later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.
A separate absent voter ballot request must be submitted for each election. If you know before the primary that you will be unable to vote in person at the general election, you may request absent voter ballots for both elections at the same time.
Emergency Absent Voter Ballots
You may be eligible for an emergency absent voter ballot if a family death or illness requires you to leave your community on election day, or you are unable to attend the polls because of personal illness or accident. The emergency must have occurred late enough that you could not file a regular absent voter ballot request. Have someone deliver your written request for an emergency absent voter ballot to the Clerk's Office before 4:00 p.m. on election day. Emergency ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.