About Absentee Voting
Absent voter ballots are available for all elections and provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on Election Day.
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
How to Obtain an Absentee Ballot
The absentee voting process begins with a call or visit to the Midland City Clerk’s Office to request an application for an absent voter’s ballot or by joining our permanent absent voter list. Simply call us and ask to join the list or return the form by mail, e-mail, or in person. Once an individual is on the permanent absent voter list, they will receive an application to vote before each election. After the completed application to vote is received by the Clerk’s Office, a ballot will be mailed directly to the voter or can be picked up by the voter at City Hall. If you have questions regarding absentee voting or being added to the permanent absentee voter list, please call (989) 837-3310.
Requests to have an absentee ballot mailed to you must be received by no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. After that date, the City Clerk’s Office cannot mail out absentee ballots. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can pick up an absent voter ballot in person at your Clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election. If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at the Clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register.
Once the application has been completely filled out and returned to the Clerk’s office, your request for an absentee ballot will be processed immediately. Your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot, but you can register and apply for an absentee ballot at the same time. Absentee ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absentee ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the Clerk’s office.
Filling Out & Signing Your Absentee Ballot
Once you have received your absentee ballot, vote the ballot and be sure to sign the envelope before it is returned to the Clerk’s Office.
- Absentee ballots will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file.
- If you received assistance voting, information and the signature of the person assisting you must also be completed on the return envelope.
- If returning your ballot by mail, please affix $0.71 postage to the return envelope to ensure prompt delivery.
Returning Absentee Ballots
Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to the Clerk’s office.
- You may not deliver voted absentee ballots for friends, neighbors or coworkers.
- Do not return an absentee ballot to your polling location on Election Day.
- Absentee ballots being returned on Election Day must be returned to the Midland City Clerk’s Office.
- If you choose to return your absentee ballot by mail, please affix a $0.71 stamp to the return envelope to ensure prompt delivery.
- Absentee ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s Office on or before Election Day to be counted.
Emergency Absent Voter Ballot
If an emergency, such as 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.
Please contact the Midland City Clerk’s Office at 989-837-3310 for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.