The State of Michigan allows for "no reason" absentee voting in all elections. To obtain an absentee ballot application, call the City Clerk’s Office at 248-546-2525, option 1 on the auto attendant, or download our online application form and return it to the City Clerk by mail or use our convenient drop box outside City Hall. Applications can be mailed or delivered to the City Clerk's Office at 300 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220. New regulations mandate that voters applying in person for an absentee ballot must provide photo identification to be issued a ballot.
You can now sign up online to be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List. Once on the list you will be automatically mailed an absentee application prior to each election but you must still return it before each election in order to receive a ballot. Please note you must be already registered to vote in the City of Ferndale to get on the list.
The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.
Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.
Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing
The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.
February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.
For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.
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.
Absentee voter applications will be accepted by mail or in person beginning 75 days prior to each election.
All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election night.
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.
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