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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. To receive an absentee ballot for an upcoming election, you must complete and return an absentee ballot application. Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the City Clerk. You must request an absent voter ballot by submitting the application, large print application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from the Clerk's office. Requests may be returned by hand, via postal mail, fax, or email, as long as a signature is visible.
Visit our Absentee Voting page to find out more.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, and the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. This Act provides the legal basis for these citizens' absentee voting requirements for federal offices. Military and overseas voters have the option to email or fax the FPCA into the Clerk's office, which allows them to register to vote and request an AV ballot.
The Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) amended UOCAVA and other statutes by providing greater protections for Service Members, their eligible family members and other overseas citizens. Among other provisions, the MOVE Act requires States to send absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters at least 45 days before federal elections.
For more information or to obtain an application visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website
If you have ever wondered how to become more active in government, there are plenty of opportunities for you that do not involve running for elected office. Precinct inspectors are people who assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Registered voters interested in serving as election inspectors must submit an election inspector application to the Clerk's office. In addition to their name, address and date of birth, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position such as education or experience.
A precinct inspector must be a registered voter of the State. They cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve. They must also attend training to receive certification and to prepare for an election.
Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming a precinct inspector? Submit the Election Inspector Application to the City Clerk's office if you are interested or contact our office to learn more.