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Elections

Voting Information


You are qualified to vote if:

  1. You are a Citizen of the U.S.
  2. You are at least 18 years of age on or before the next scheduled election.
  3. You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
  4. You have registered on or before the close of registration preceding the election.

Registration

The last day to register before an election occurs at 5 P.M. on the 30th day preceding the election. You do not have to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.

You can register at any of the following offices:

  • Secretary of State Branch Office
  • County Clerk's Office
  • City, Township, or Village Office

As soon as your local City or Township Clerk accepts the registration, you are officially registered to vote.

Voter Registration Form »

Voting Procedures

  • The polling place is where you go to cast your ballot.
  • Polling Locations are also referred to as "precincts".
  • The precinct you are assigned to depends on where you are registered to vote.
  • When you arrive at your polling place, a precinct inspector will ask you to fill out an Application to Vote to verify your name and address which appears on the list of registered voters assigned to that precinct. If you are in the incorrect precinct, you must go to the correct precinct in order to vote.
  • You will be requested to show current photo ID. Qualified, registered electors who are not in possession of ID, may sign an affidavit on the back of the application to be issued a ballot.

Polling Locations

Polling Locations may change depending on the type of election. If you are unsure of your polling place, please contact your local City/Township office.

Polling Locations »

Absentee Voting Procedures

You can obtain an absentee Ballot from the City or Township Office where you are registered.

You may apply for an Absent Voter Ballot if any of the following conditions exist:

  • You expect to be absent from your community the entire time the polls are open on election day.
  • You are physically unable to attend the polls without assistance.
  • You cannot attend the polls because of religious beliefs.
  • You have been appointed a precinct inspector outside of your community.
  • You are 60 years of age or older.
  • You are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

You can apply for an Absent Voter Ballot by:

  • letter*
  • post card*
  • absentee ballot application
  • in person at your local clerk's office
  • if you are eligible, with a Federal Postcard Application

* One or more of the above mentioned statutory conditions must be included to receive an Absent Voter ballot

Absentee Ballot Request

The deadline to apply to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the election. After this, you may vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office up until 4 p.m. on the day before the election.

Note: NO ABSENT VOTER BALLOTS WILL BE SUPPLIED THROUGH A TELEPHONE REQUEST. THEY MUST BE REQUESTED IN WRITING!

Federal Post Card Application F.P.C.A.

The postcard application may be used to both register to vote and to apply for an absent voter ballot. The use of this application is restricted to:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and their dependants
  • Members of the Merchant Marines and their dependants
  • U.S. citizens temporarily residing outside of the U.S.

Contact Us

Elections

County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2288

Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-7650

(616) 632-7655

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

Lisa Posthumus Lyons
County Clerk/Register

Susan deSteiguer
Elections Director
susan.desteiguer@kentcountymi.gov

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