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faqs - ABSENTEE VOTING

WHAT IS AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?
A way of voting if you are unable to get to your polling place on election day and you fit into the criteria below.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

 

You must fit one or more of the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  • 60 years or older
  • Unable to vote without assistance
  • Will be out of town during the election
  • In jail waiting arraignment or trial
  • Unable to go to the polls due to religion
  • Plan to work as an election inspector in a precinct other than yours

HOW DO I OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT?

 

Your request for an absentee ballot must be submitted in writing to your clerk by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. Your request must include one of the above reasons and your signature. To download an absentee ballot request, click here. 

HOW DOES A UNIVERSITY STUDENT WHO IS A FIRST TIME VOTER GET AN ABSENTEEL BALLOT TO VOTE IN A CITY OTHER THAN HIS OR HER PERMANENT ADDRESS?

 

The individual must appear with picture ID at the county clerk's office nearest the university.  . The clerk will issue a paper indicating that the individual is whom he says he is. This paper is mailed with a request for an absentee ballot to her city or township clerk. Absentee ballot request form is available through the Michigan Secretary of State online. This should be done soon. The city or township clerk then sends an absentee ballot.