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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.

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2021 Elections in Ferndale

  • November 2 - General election

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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 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), or 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

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter in Michigan may use absentee (AV) voting in any election; no “reason” is required as of 2018. The best way to apply for your absentee 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 in person?

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.

Where do I mail my voter registration application?

You can mail the application to the Ferndale City Clerk, 300 E. Nine 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.

When can I send in my absentee voter application for an election?

Absentee voter applications will be accepted by mail or in-person beginning 75 days prior to each election.

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

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. 

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 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.

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 absentee ballot?

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. 

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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