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Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

The State of Michigan allows for absentee voting in all elections. To obtain an absentee ballot application, call the Township Clerk's Office at 734-676-4422 Ext. 241, or complete an online application form and return it to the Township Clerk in person, by mail or use our convenient drop box outside Township Hall.

Applications can be mailed or delivered to the Township Clerk's Office at 9601 Groh Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138. New regulations mandate that voters applying in person for an absentee ballot must provide photo identification to be issued a ballot. Voters who do not provide ID must complete an Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification. The process for absentee voting by mail has not changed.

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Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot

Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your township clerk.  You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing/emailing the application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

Once your request is received by the local clerk, 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 absent voter ballot. If you aren't a registered voter then please follow these directions.  Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of the township.

After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's Office. 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. 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.

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 Clerk's Office for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.

FAQs

Do I have to pick up the ballot at Township Hall?

No, you can have the ballot mailed to you or you may complete the online application form and return it to the Township Clerk by mail or use our convenient drop box outside Township Hall. New regulations mandate that voters applying in person for an absentee ballot must provide photo identification to be issued a ballot. Voters who do not provide ID must complete an Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification.

When can I send in my absentee voter application for an election?

Absentee voter applications will be accepted by mail or in person beginning 45 days prior to each election.

When is the deadline for returning my absentee ballot?

All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election night. 

When is the deadline for turning in an absentee voter application?

Absentee voter applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election for a ballot to be mailed. Absentee voters may also apply in person for an AV ballot until 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election; however, the ballot must be voted at City Hall.