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Requesting an Absentee Voting Ballot

Permanent Absent Voter List Request Form
This form is for registered voters 60 years of age or older

Eligibility Rules

Absent voter ballots are available for all elections. A registered voter is eligible to obtain an absent voter ballot for an upcoming election under one of the following statutory reasons:

  • 60 years of age or more
  • Unable to vote without assistance
  • Expects to be absent from the city for the entire time the polls are open
  • Is in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Has been appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of his/her precinct of residence
  • Is unable to attend the polls due to his/her religious beliefs

Application Process

Absentee ballots may not be delivered as a result of an oral request made in person or over the phone. However, an absent voter ballot application form may be provided as a result of an oral request.

The written request/application form may be on a pre-printed form supplied by the clerk or other election official, in a letter or on a postcard. Michigan election law provides that a registered voter may request an absent voter ballot by submitting any type of "written request signed by the voter stating the statutory grounds for making the application." And for which election they are requesting an absentee voter ballot.

Send the completed application to your local clerk.

A voter who applies for an absent voter ballot for a primary election may, at the same time, request an absent voter ballot for the following general election if he or she is eligible to receive an absent voter ballot for both elections.

If the ballot must be issued by mail, the application for the ballot must reach the local clerk no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the election. Please make your request as early as possible to allow for delivery time. An absent voter may apply in person at the clerk's office before 4:00 p.m. on a day preceding the election to vote as an absent voter. The applicant shall receive his or her absent voter ballot and vote the ballot in the Clerk's office. The law also provides for the issuance of "emergency" absent voter ballots as late as 4:00 p.m. on the day of the election. The "emergency" must have occurred at a time that made it impossible for the voter to apply for an absentee ballot by the statutory deadline for "regular" application. An "emergency" absent voter ballot may be issued if the voter cannot attend the polls because of one of the following reasons: 

  • Personal disablement
  • A family death or illness which will require that the elector leave the community for the entire time the polls are open on election day 

Michigan election law provides that an absent voter may vote in person within his/her precinct if the voter surrenders his/her absent voter ballot, if received, to the precinct board. An absent voter ballot surrendered in this manner shall, by said precinct board, be marked "canceled/rejected - voted in person" and place with other canceled/rejected ballots. If the absent voter ballot was lost or destroyed, the voter shall sign an affidavit to that effect before an election inspector and then be allowed to vote. Any voter voting at any election both in person and by means of an absent voter ballot, or who shall attempt so to vote, shall, upon conviction, be deemed guilty of a felony.

All absent voter ballots must be received by the clerk's office no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day. Any questions regarding elections or voter registration, please call the City Clerk at (517) 669-2441.