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Absent Voter Ballots

Absent Voter Ballots

Recent legislation passed in November, 2018 that allows for a United State Citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to receive an absent voter ballot without having to provide a reason. This means that any registered voter may now request an absent voter ballot for any Election. A signed application is still required for all Elections in order to receive a ballot. Voters can obtain an application by contacting the City Clerk’s Office or by downloading an application from the City’s website once available.

If you wish to be added to our permanent absent voter list to automatically receive applications for every Election, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (248) 871-2410 or email us at to request to be added to the list. Please include your name, registered address and a contact number.

Absent voter ballot applications are mailed out by the City Clerk’s Office approximately two months prior to an Election.

Options for Voters who wish to Spoil their Absent Voter Ballot or obtain a Replacement Ballot:

There are a number of reasons why a voter may want to spoil an absent voter ballot which they have already voted and/ or submitted, or to obtain a new ballot if they never received their original. Requests for a replacement absent voter ballot must always be submitted in writing.

 Replacement Absent Voter Ballot Request form

The following chart illustrates the possible scenarios and the voter’s options:

Pic-Absent Voter Ballot