The City Clerk's office received many questions regarding absentee ballots. The absentee ballot FAQ below offers helpful information for voters:
I previously submitted a request for an absentee ballot. Should I go to the Clerk's Office to complete a ballot in person?
No. Yesterday (Thursday, September 24) the Clerk's Office mailed more than 8,500 ballots to those who requested them. Please be patient, your ballot will arrive in your mailbox very soon. Vote safely from your home and return it to the City by Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
If I submit an AV ballot early (also referred to as "early voting"), whether at the Clerk's office, via the drop box or via mail, will it be counted as soon as it's received at the Clerk's Office?
No. Ballots will not be opened and counted before Election Day for security purposes. Ballots will be checked in, filed, and secured in the Clerk's office until they are ready to be processed on Election Day.
How can I request an absentee ballot?
If you would like to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 general election and have not yet done so, please visit mi.gov/vote or return your absentee ballot application to the drop box at City Hall.
How do I return my completed ballot to the City?
The Clerk’s Office is happy to announce a new absentee ballot drop box will be available soon! For your convenience, the box is located at City Hall near the driveway entrance off of Henrietta. You will be able to simply drive up, deposit your ballot or ballot application, and be on your way. If you prefer to mail your ballot, the postage is on us. All absentee ballots will have postage included on their return envelopes. The Clerk’s Office strongly encourages you to mail your ballot as soon as possible to ensure it is received by Tuesday, November 3, 2020.