Absent voter ballots are available to registered voters for all elections. They provide a convenient method for casting a ballot when a voter is unable to attend the polls on election day. You can mail in or had deliver your completed application. After filling it out you return it to your township clerk, you will then send you the ballot. In 2018, the ballots will be available as of Sept. 21. To check your voter registration status, click here.
Download an Absent Voter Ballot Application.
Fillable Version: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf
Spanish/Español Version: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application_-_Spanish_533415_7.pdf
Large Print Version: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/AV_Ballot_App_lg_print_470379_7.pdf
Send your completed application to your township or city (Frankfort) clerk (addresses below).
Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot?
A registered voter may obtain an absent voter ballot if they are:
age 60 years old or older
unable to vote without assistance at the polls
expecting to be out of town on election day
in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of their precinct of residence.
Note: you must vote in person in the first election in which you participate. This restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled, or voters who are 60 years of age or older.
Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot
Your request must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk.[To find your township or city clerk, Click Here.] Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons stated above and your signature. You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing the preprinted application form, a letter, or a postcard. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
Once the local clerk receives your request, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. 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 your city or township of residence. After receiving and filling out your ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to 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. Absentee ballot requests may be submitted by hand, by mail. by fax or scanned and transmitted via email. Faxed and emailed absentee ballot requests must show the voter’s signature; faxed and emailed absentee ballot requests that do not show the applicant’s signature are not acceptable. 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 your 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. An emergency ballot request 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 your local clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.
Office hours on Saturday preceding election: The clerk or other authorized personnel appointed by the clerk must be available in the clerk’s office on the Saturday preceding the election until 2:00 p.m. — the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot which must be mailed.
Restrictions on possession of signed absentee ballot applications: The persons who may be in lawful possession of a signed absentee ballot request are limited to 1) the applicant 2) a member of the applicant’s immediate family 3) a person residing in the applicant’s household 4) a person whose job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment) 5) a registered elector asked to handle the application by the applicant and 6) an authorized election official.
A registered elector who returns an absentee ballot application at the request of the applicant must sign the certificate that appears on the application form.