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Absentee Voting

Absentee voting (AV) means voting from home or voting by mail. You can vote on your schedule, wherever you are most comfortable, and take as much time as you want--no need to go to a specific place at a specific time. This is how most Ferndale voters choose to vote.

Any registered voter in Michigan may use AV voting in any election; no “reason” is required. The best way to apply for your AV 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. Please note: You must be a registered voter to apply for the Permanent AV list.

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).

FAQs

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

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.

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 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.

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