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Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting

The State of Michigan allows for 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 complete 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. Voters who do not provide ID must complete an Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification. The process for absentee voting by mail has not changed.

Registered voters may obtain an absentee ballot if they meet any of the following requirements:

  • Are age 60 or older
  • Are unable to vote in the polls without assistance
  • Will be out of town on election day
  • Are working as an election inspector/chair
  • Are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • Are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial

FAQs

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 send in my absentee voter application for an election?

Absentee voter applications will be accepted by mail or in person beginning 75 days prior to each election.

When is the deadline for returning my absentee ballot?

All absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on election night. 

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

Absentee voter applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office by 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday 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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