Everything You Need To Know About The November 3 Election

September 29, 2020

We want to make sure that everyone is safe and has the best voting experience possible for the November 3 General Election. Below is information to answer questions you might have.

Important Dates

Friday, October 30 at 5 P.M. – If you’re getting your first ballot for this election, the City Clerk can’t mail it to you after this time. You can still get a ballot in person at City Hall.

Saturday, October 31 at 2 P.M. – If you made a mistake on your ballot or changed your mind, the City Clerk can’t mail you a replacement ballot after this time. You can still get a replacement ballot in person at City Hall.

Sunday, November 1 – The last day you can pick up an AV ballot and take it home with you.

Monday, November 2 – You can still get an AV ballot in person, but you have to vote in City Hall. Just like on Election Day, you can't take your ballot out of the room.

Monday, November 2 at 10 A.M. – If you’ve already turned in your ballot, you can’t change your votes after this time. (If you’re voting in the clerk’s office today and you make a mistake, you can still receive a replacement ballot.)

Monday, November 2 at 4 P.M. – The City Clerk can't issue absentee ballots to anyone for any reason after this time. (If you are already in the room at 4:00, you will be served by staff.)

Tuesday, November 3 – Election Day. Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. All AV ballots must be signed and in the Clerk’s possession by 8 P.M. in order to be counted.

Absentee Voting (AV)

Who can vote absentee?

Everyone! Michigan offers “no-reason” absentee voting to all voters.


What is the permanent AV list?

The permanent AV list allows a voter to automatically receive an application by mail for every election. The application must be signed and returned to the City Clerk to issue a ballot.

Do I automatically get an absentee ballot?

No, you have to request a ballot for each individual election. There is no way to automatically receive a ballot. You can submit your request online, by mail, or in person. If you voted by absentee ballot in the March or August elections, you might have already applied for a November ballot. Visit the MVIC to check.

Is absentee voting safe?

Not only is your vote safe and secure, but it also protects your health.

Are all ballots counted?

All ballots received at the City Clerk’s office by the deadline with a verified signature are counted.

I made a mistake on my ballot. What do I do?

Voters can request a replacement ballot. A handwritten request is required by law; visit City Hall or send an email to elections@ferndalemi.gov.

When does my ballot need to be turned in?

All ballots need to arrive at the City Clerk’s office by 8 P.M. on Election Day. If you plan on mailing your ballot in, please do so as soon as possible to ensure it arrives on time; consider using an express-mail option.

We are aware of a recent court ruling that extends the deadline for mailed ballots that are postmarked before Election Day but arrive after Election Day. We remain in contact with state officials regarding this developing situation, and will update this page if any changes are confirmed.

What if I forget to sign my ballot?

The Clerk’s staff makes every effort to contact a voter who returns their ballot without a signature.  By providing a phone number and email address, the voter can make this process easier. This information is used exclusively for voter contact by the Clerk and is not given to any other agency or department.

New Av Procedures

Dropboxes - The City has 2 secure election dropboxes available 24 hours a day. One is outside City Hall, near the main parking lot. The other is outside the Kulick Community Center, near the main entrance.

Paid Postage - No stamps needed! The City has paid the return postage on all AV application and AV ballots to make it easier for you.

Drive-Through Voting - Extra voting hours with drive-through voting on weekday nights and weekends is now available to accommodate voters who may not be able to vote during regular hours. City staff will safely meet you at your car and assist you.

Tuesday, October 20 from 5-7 P.M.
Wednesday, October 21 from 5-7 P.M.
Saturday, October 24 from 11 A.M.-2 P.M.
Sunday, October 25 from 11 A.M.-2 P.M.
Tuesday, October 27 from 5-7 P.M.
Wednesday, October 28 from 5-7 P.M.

Extended Hours - We are offering extended in-office voting hours on the following days:

Friday, October 30 from 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Saturday, October 31 from 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.
Sunday, November 1 from 10 A.M. - 2 P.M.

Accessible Electronic AV Ballot - Disabled voters may apply for an accessible electronic AV ballot to empower them to vote from home by printing their ballot and mailing it to the clerk.

In-Person Voting

Where will in-person voting be available?

All of Ferndale’s polling places will be open with social distancing requirements in place. Due to increased health and safety measures, lines may be shorter than normal, but wait times are likely to be longer than normal.

Please be aware that things are subject to change with short notice due to COVID-19 and protocols mandated by the Governor and Secretary of State. The number of precincts operating could be reduced with short notice. Please follow the City of Ferndale on Facebook or Twitter to make sure you have the most up-to-date information on Election Day.

Do I need to bring a photo ID?

Voters are required to show photo ID if they have it. Acceptable forms of photo ID are current or expired Michigan driver's license or photo ID, or current ID such as a driver's license from another state, passport, tribal ID, school ID, military ID, or any federal or state government-issued ID.

Other Questions

Are those in jail or prison able to vote?

Incarcerated persons are ineligible to vote while serving a sentence in jail or prison. Those awaiting trial or sentencing can vote. Once a resident has been released from jail or prison, their voting rights are immediately restored.

When is the last day to register to vote in this election?

New voters or voters who need to update their address can register on Election Day at City Hall with proof of residency and vote AV at that time. Anyone who registers to vote within the 14 days prior to the election will need to come to City Hall on or before Election Day to provide proof of residency.

What happens to ballots after the election?

Michigan retains all paper ballots, which is the most secure way to conduct elections.

For even more information, visit https://www.ferndalemi.gov/departments/elections

Contact The Clerk’s Office

Email: elections@ferndalemi.gov
248-546-2525 option 5