Absentee Ballots are available for all elections. The State of Michigan does require that a completed Absentee Ballot Application be received by the local clerk for EACH election. You may request an absentee ballot if you are a registered voter in the State of Michigan* and;
- You are 60 years of age or older
- You expect to be absent from the community the entire time the polls are open on Election day
- You are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another
- You cannot attend the polls because of your religious beliefs
- You have been appointed a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you reside
- You are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
* Please note that if you registered to vote by mail, you are not eligible for an absentee ballot until your identity has been verified in person either at the local clerk's office or by re-registering at a Secretary of State branch office.
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A few items to note regarding Absentee Ballot Applications and Absentee Ballots:
1. Absentee ballot applications must be received in the Clerk's Office by 2:00pm the Saturday before the election in order to have a ballot mailed to you. You may still obtain a ballot in the Clerk's office on the Monday before the election, however the ballot must be voted in the office, by law it is not permitted to leave the premises.
2. Power of attorney does not apply to voting. Only the voter themselves may sign an application requesting a ballot or the ballot envelope.
3. Michigan Election Law states that un-voted Absentee Ballots may only be issued to the voter either in person or by mail. Ballots may not be given to a spouse or any other person on behalf of the voter.
4. Ballots will not forward in the mail. Please be sure that the address you want your ballot mailed to is correctly listed on your application.
5. Ballots must be returned to the Clerk's Office by the close of polls (8:00pm) on Election Day in order to be processed.
Please contact the Clerk's Office should you have any questions regarding the Absentee Voting process.