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Elections Department

All federal, state, local, and special elections in Ferndale are administered by the Elections Department. The Director of Elections is the City Clerk. Ferndale Elections strives to meet the diverse needs of all residents and voters by providing equitable and innovative voter services. The department takes care to ensure each election is safe, secure, free, and fair.

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to:

2022 Elections in Ferndale

  • August 2 - Primary election
  • November 8 - General election

Ferndale does not have elections scheduled in March or in May.

Election Results

Click here to view election results from the current calendar year.

Click here to view election results from the previous calendar year.

Click here to view election results from the mock election held at Broadway In The Burbs on August 7, 2021.

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CONTACT

Elections Department

Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220

248-546-2525 (Option #5)

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Voter Registration

To vote in Ferndale, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by Election Day, and a resident of Ferndale. You can register to vote:

  • Online at the Michigan Voter Information Center
  • In-person at Ferndale City Hall during regular operating hours
  • Dropbox: Print, fill out, and sign the Voter Registration Application and place it in one of the following dropboxes:
         - the black drop box outside City Hall (available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
         - the gray Ferndale Elections drop box outside City Hall (available during the 75 days before each election)
         - the gray Ferndale Elections drop box outside the Kulick Community Center (available during the 75 days before each election)
  • Mail: Print, fill out, and sign the Voter Registration Application, and mail it to:
         Ferndale Elections
        300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
        Ferndale, MI 48220-9905

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting (AV) means voting from home or voting by mail. You can vote on your schedule, wherever you are most comfortable, and take as much time as you want- no need to go to a specific place at a specific time. This is how most Ferndale voters choose to vote.

Any registered voter in Michigan may use AV voting in any election; no “reason” is required. The best way to apply for your AV ballot is online through the Michigan Voter Information Center, which becomes active 75 days before each election.

All voters are encouraged to use the MVIC to join the Permanent AV List. Once you join the list, the Elections Department will mail an AV application to you approximately 75 days before every election; you always have the option to vote by AV ballot, vote in person, or not vote at all.

If there is an election within the next 75 days, you can download the application form. Please print it, fill it out, sign it, and return it by mail or at any of our convenient drop boxes. You can also request an application be sent to you and/or request to join the Permanent AV List by emailing or by calling the Elections Department at 248-546-2525 (Option 5).

Military, Uniformed Services, and Overseas Citizens and Families

Military personnel and overseas civilian voters are offered special services for participating in elections through the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This act allows overseas citizens to apply for and receive absentee ballots. UOCAVA covers all military personnel, members of the Merchant Marine, spouses or dependents of uniformed personnel, and civilian voters who are currently outside the U.S.

Overseas voters can take advantage of discounted mailing costs by visiting the Overseas Voters Foundation website.

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FAQS

I’m on the Permanent AV List. Why did you mail me a ballot application?

The Permanent AV List (the checkbox) means we will automatically mail you an application before every election. In Michigan, there is no way to automatically receive a ballot without doing anything; you must fill out an application every time you want an AV ballot. Being on the Permanent AV List means we’ll always mail you the red-white-and-blue application; you can decide each time whether you want to use it or not.

Where can I register to vote or update my address in person?

You can register or update your address in person at Ferndale City Hall, or at any Secretary of State branch office.

You can also register in person at other locations like the Oakland County Clerk's office, State of Michigan agency offices (such as MDHHS), and military recruitment centers, but voter forms submitted at these locations must be mailed to Ferndale Elections so they will take longer to be processed.

Where do I mail my voter registration application?

You can mail your voter registration application to:
     Ferndale Elections
     300 E. Nine Mile Road
     Ferndale, MI 48220-9905

If you mail it to the Oakland County Clerk, it will take longer to process because it will be forwarded to Ferndale Elections.

When can I turn in my application for an absentee voter (AV) ballot?

Applications for an absentee voter (AV) ballot will be accepted beginning 75 days prior to each election.

You can apply online at the Michigan Voter Information Center. Your application will be electronically sent directly to Ferndale Elections.

You can deliver your application in person at Ferndale City Hall during regular operating hours.

You can place your application in any of the following dropboxes, available 24 hours a day:
     - the black dropbox outside City Hall (available 365 days a year)
     - the gray Ferndale Elections dropbox outside City Hall (available during the 75 days before an election)
     - the gray Ferndale Elections dropbox outside Kulick Community Center (available during the 75 days before an election)

You can mail your application to:
     Ferndale Elections
     300 E. Nine Mile Road
     Ferndale, MI 48220-9905

When is the deadline for turning in an absentee voter application?

To receive an absentee voter (AV) ballot by mail, your application must be received at the Elections Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

To pick up an absentee voter (AV) ballot in person and take it home, you must apply at Ferndale City Hall by 2:00pm on the Sunday before the election.

On the Monday before the election, you may apply for an AV ballot in person until 4:00 p.m., but the ballot must be voted at City Hall; you cannot take it out of the building.

Do I have to pick up the ballot at City Hall?

No, you can have the ballot mailed to you, or you may complete our online application form, and return it to the City Clerk by mail or use our convenient drop box outside City Hall. Any US citizen qualified to vote absentee can pick up their ballot at City Hall until 4:00 p.m. the Monday before the election. Any ballots obtained in person the Monday before the election must be voted in the City Clerk's Office. New regulations mandate that voters applying in person for an absentee ballot must provide photo identification to be issued a ballot. Voters who do not provide ID must complete an Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification.

When is the deadline for returning my absentee ballot?

All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

How can I track the status of my absentee ballot?

Go to the Michigan Voter Information Center and input your information to check your ballot's status.

How do I check my registration status and which precinct I'm in?

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center and follow the instructions to get this information.

Where do I vote on Election Day?

The City of Ferndale has nine polling locations, each open between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on all election days. Check our Polling Locations page to find out which precinct you are located in.

How do I register to vote or obtain my ballot if I qualify for an overseas ballot?

If you are outside the United States, or if you are a member of the Armed Forces or Uniformed Services (or a spouse of someone who is) on active duty anywhere outside of Ferndale, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This allows Ferndale Elections to email or fax your ballot to you, and provides other benefits and protections to your vote.

I am a college student, do I have to come home to vote?

No, you don’t! You have two options: (1) If you are living away from Ferndale while attending college, you can register to vote in the city or township where you live, and vote there—even if you only live there for part of the year. (2) If you are registered at a permanent address in Ferndale, you can request an absentee ballot and we can mail your ballot to wherever you are—no matter where that is or why you’re there!

How do I get started if I want to run for a City Council or Mayoral position?

Start by visiting the City Clerk's Office to receive your nominating packet, which includes:

  • Nominating petitions
  • Calendar of important dates
  • Other useful information.

The City Clerk's Office is located at Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile rd. Open hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

What should I know about nominating petitions?

The state has stringent requirements for petitions. Three important points:

  • The state has official petition blanks that you must use. They are available at City Hall—you cannot print them at home. Circulators should not sign until after a sheet is filled. Signatures dated later than the circulators cannot be counted.
  • You can only sign petitions equal to the number of seats open. Where any name appears on more petitions than there are candidates to be elected to a specific office, that name cannot be counted for any petition for that office.
  • The state-mandated deadline to submit nominating petitions is 105 days before the election, by 4:00 p.m. at City Hall. No petitions will be accepted after this date and time.

What happens to the petitions once they’re submitted

  • The City Clerk has 5 days to determine the sufficiency of the signatures. Candidates will be notified in writing immediately if they do not have at least 100 valid signatures. As long as the 105-day at 4:00 p.m. filing deadline has not passed, candidates may submit more signatures to make up for the deficiency.
  • There are many statutory reasons a signature may not be valid. It is highly recommended to exceed the 100-signature minimum, keeping in mind no more than 150 can be accepted.

Where should I go if I have further questions?

Please contact the Michigan Secretary of State.

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