How to Vote by Mail
Who is Eligible to Vote by Mail?
Any registered voter is eligible to vote by mail.
How do I Apply for an Absentee Ballot?
- Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online.
- Call or email your township clerk and ask for an application be mailed to you.
- Download an application to return by mail, email, or in person to your local city or township clerk.
- Request an Absentee Ballot in person at the clerk’s office.
Voters with print disabilities who would like an accessible electronic absent voter ballot can request an absentee ballot online. Print disabilities are disabilities that interfere with the effective reading, writing, or use of printed material. This definition includes persons who are blind or visually impaired, those with learning disabilities, as well those with a physical disability that interferes with holding and manipulating paper or a pen or pencil.
How do I Return my Application?
- Email a picture of the application to the Clerk’s office .
- Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of Townhall 54111 Broughton Road (near the flag poles).
- Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of the Marvin Blank Senior Center 51210 Alma Dr.
- Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of Fire Station #3 47711 North Avenue .
- Bring the application to the Clerk’s office located on the 2nd floor at 54111 Broughton Road.
- Return by mail with first-class postage. Please allow 5-7 days for postal delivery.
When is the Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot?
- Online & mail requests
- No later than 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the election.
- No later than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the election.
If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register.
If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office.
When do I Need to Return my Absentee Ballot?
Your completed absentee ballot HAS to be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. You can return by mail, or hand-delivering the ballot to the clerk’s office, or our any of our drop box locations:
How do I Return my Ballot?
Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of Townhall 54111 Broughton Road.
Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of the Marvin Blank Senior Center 51210 Alma Drive.
Drive-up ballot drop box located in front of Fire Station #3 at 47711 North Avenue.
Bring the ballot to the Clerk’s office located on the 2nd floor at 54111 Broughton Road.
Return by mail with postage. Please allow 5-7 days for postal delivery during this time.
Track my Ballot!
All registered voters can track their ballot by looking up their information in the voter information section of this website.
What if I have an Emergency on Election Day?
If an emergency, like a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot.
Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on Election Day.
The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot.
I Submitted my Ballot. Can I Change my Vote?
If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote (because the candidate has dropped out of the race, or for any other reason), a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written request to their city or township clerk.
- The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will pick it up in person at the clerk’s office.
- This request must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot that has been returned to the clerk may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 10 a.m. the Monday prior to the election. An absentee ballot that has not been returned to the clerk may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election.
- If a voter has not returned his or her ballot, the voter can surrender the ballot or sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed and vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.