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Absent voter ballots

Information about absent voter ballot requests, downloading a paper application, or applying for an absent ballot online

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?


Complete information:

Visit State of Michigan's website

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Mail an application to (or visit) your local clerk:

Launch Absent voter ballot application   


Submit an online application:

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Absent voter ballots are available for all elections.

Uniformed service members, their families, and citizens residing outside the United States may use the Federal Post Card Application to register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot.  The application is available through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voters should send the completed application to your city or township clerk for all elections. If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. Make your request early to allow for delivery time.

The persons who may be in lawful possession of a signed absentee ballot request are limited to: the applicant, a member of the applicant’s immediate family, a person residing in the applicant’s household, a person whose job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment), a registered elector asked to handle the application by the applicant, an authorized election official.

A voter may also vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office anytime up to 4:00 p.m. the day before the election. All absent voter ballots must be received by your local clerk's office not later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.

The persons who may return an absentee ballot are limited to 1) the voter 2) a member of the voter’s immediate family who has been asked to return the ballot 3) a person residing in the voter’s household who has been asked to return the ballot 4) a person whose job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment) and 5) an authorized election official. Given the above restrictions, it is important to note that an absentee voter is not permitted to ask another voter who is not a member of the voter’s immediate family or household to return his or her absentee ballot.

A separate absent voter ballot request must be submitted for each election. If you know before the primary that you will be unable to vote in person at the general election, you may request absent voter ballots for both elections at the same time.

Emergency absent voter ballots

You may be eligible for an emergency absent voter ballot if a family death or illness requires you to leave your community on election day, or you are unable to attend the polls because of personal illness or accident. The emergency must have occurred late enough that you could not file a regular absent voter ballot request. Have someone deliver your written request for an emergency absent voter ballot to the Clerk's Office before 4 p.m. on election day. Emergency ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

CLICK HERE to track and confirm your absent voter ballot online