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All federal, state, local, and special elections in Ferndale are administered by the City Clerk's Office. Special care is taken to ensure that elections are managed properly and residents receive the assistance needed with voter registration, absentee ballots, and more. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to verify your registration status, locate your polling location, or view a sample ballot.
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Ferndale City Hall
300 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 546-2525 (Option #5)
To vote in the state of Michigan you must be a U.S. Citizen, 18 years old by election day, and a resident of the State of Michigan and the city you are applying to vote in. You can register to vote in person or by mailing the Michigan Voter Registration Application to the City Clerk's Office. Please bring a photo ID when registering to vote in person. If you mail in your voter registration and have never been registered to vote in Michigan, you must vote in person at your first election.
The State of Michigan allows for "no reason" absentee voting in all elections. You can apply for your absentee ballot online through the Michigan Secretary of State website. You can also call the City Clerk’s Office at 248-546-2525, option 5 on the auto attendant, or download our online application form and return it to the City Clerk by mail or use our convenient drop boxes outside City Hall or the Kulick Center. Applications can be mailed or delivered to the City Clerk's Office at 300 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220. New regulations mandate that voters applying in person for an absentee ballot must provide photo identification to be issued a ballot.
You can now sign up online to be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List. Once on the list you will be automatically mailed an absentee application prior to each election but you must still return it before each election in order to receive a ballot. Please note, you must be already registered to vote in the City of Ferndale to get on the list.
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.
You can register in person at your county or city clerk's office. You can also register to vote at any Secretary of State branch office.
You can mail the application to the Ferndale City Clerk, 300 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220 or to the county clerk's address, which is provided on the application. Applications mailed to the county clerk are forwarded to the Ferndale City Clerk and will take longer to process.
Absentee voter applications will be accepted by mail or in person beginning 75 days prior to each election.
Absentee voter applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by 2:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election for a ballot to be mailed. Absentee voters may also apply in person for an AV ballot until 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election; however, the ballot must be voted 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.
All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election night.
We are aware of a recent court ruling that extends the deadline for mailed ballots that are postmarked before Election Day but arrive within 14 days after Election Day. We remain in contact with state officials regarding this developing situation, and will update this space if any changes are confirmed.
Go to the Michigan Voter Information Center and input your information to check your ballot's status.
Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center and follow the instructions to get this information.
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.
Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This can also be used to have your ballot emailed or faxed to you.
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!
Start by visiting the City Clerk's Office to receive your nominating packet, which includes:
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.
Please contact the Michigan Secretary of State.