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.
You may obtain an absent voter ballot if you are registered to vote in Midland and meet at least 1 of these criteria:
- Age 60 years old or older
- Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which you reside
- Expecting to be out of town the entire time polls are open on Election Day
- In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- Physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
How to Obtain an Absentee Ballot
The absentee voting process begins with a call to 989-837-3310, or visit the Midland City Clerk’s Office (333 West Ellsworth Street) to request an application for an absent voter’s ballot. Applications for an absentee ballot by mail must be received by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. After that date, the City Clerk's Office cannot mail out absentee ballots.
Once the application has been completely filled out and returned to the City Clerk’s Office, your request for an absentee ballot will be processed immediately. Michigan law requires that absentee ballots be sent to your registered address unless you are hospitalized, institutionalized, or at an address outside of your community.
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 City Clerk's Office.
- Absentee ballots will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope.
- 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 $0.68 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 an election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your 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 before 4 p.m. on Election Day. In order to be eligible for this special service, the emergency must have occurred after 4 p.m. on the Monday prior to Election Day.
Please contact the Midland City Clerk’s Office at 989-837-3310 for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.