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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 also 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 register to vote, update your address, view your voter registration, apply for an absentee (AV) ballot, join the Permanent AV List, check the status of your AV ballot, see what's on your ballot, and find your Election Day voting location.

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.

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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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2022 Redistricting

The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) approved new district maps in December 2021, taking effect for the August 2022 state primary election. Click here to view the maps.

Ferndale is redrawing our precinct boundaries to meet the requirements of state law and the needs of our voters. We want your input: What do you think of Ferndale's precinct boundaries? What would you like to change, or keep the same? Email your ideas to elections@ferndalemi.gov by February 14.

Click here to see how redistricting is affecting Ferndale, and why the Elections Department is redrawing precinct boundaries. This presentation was originally given at the January 24, 2022 meeting of City Council; click here to view the recording of that presentation.

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FAQS

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

You can register to vote or change your address online, by mail, by drop box, or in person at City Hall.

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.

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

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

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

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.

Why did I receive a ballot application if I'm on the Permanent AV list?

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.

When is the deadline for returning my absentee ballot?

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

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.

Where should I go if I have further questions?

Please contact the Michigan Secretary of State.

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