Welcome to Ferndale's


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.

2023 Elections in Ferndale

The next General Election is on Tuesday, November 7, 2023.

Saturday, November 4: This is the last day you can pick up an absentee ballot (AV) at City Hall and take it home with you. City Hall will be open for Election-related business early from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 6: You can still get an AV ballot in person until 4:00 p.m., but you must vote inside City Hall. You can’t take your ballot out of the room.

After 4:00 p.m. on Monday, the City can’t issue AV ballots to anyone for any reason. However, if you are already in line by 4:00 p.m., you will still be served by staff. After this time, your remaining option will be to vote in person on Election Day.

Tuesday, November 7: Polls are open at your assigned precinct from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to cast your vote in person. City Hall is open for anyone who needs to register in Ferndale, or anyone who has moved and needs to update their address. All AV ballots must be signed and in the City’s possession by 8:00 p.m. in order to be counted.

Absentee Voter (AV) Ballots

If you have an Absentee Voter (AV) ballot, you can drop it off in the drop box in front of City Hall or at the City Clerk's Office during operating hours. They can be mailed, dropped off in person, or placed in the drop box outside of City Hall. If you are mailing your AV ballot, please make sure it is mailed in time to be at City Hall by Election Day.  It must be at City Hall by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7 to be counted. DO NOT bring AV ballots to a precinct.


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

248-546-2525 (Option #5)

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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 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)

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 2:00 p.m. 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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