Absentee Ballot

Voting with an absentee ballot is convenient and helps reduce lines at the polls on busy election days. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absent voter ballot if you are:
  • Aged 60 years old or older
  • Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • Expecting to be out of town on election day
  • In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
Permanent Absentee Voter List
If you would like to be added to the City's permanent absentee voter list, please contact the City Offices or fill out a Permanent AV Form If qualified, you will receive an absentee voter application before each election and be given the option to vote with an absentee ballot or in person.

A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the 1st election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on 1 governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the 1st state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)

Requesting an Absent Voter (AV) Ballot

Your request for an absent voter ballot must be submitted to the City Clerk in writing. Your request must include one of the 6 statutory reasons stated above and your signature. You may request an absent voter ballot with a letter or post card, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form the Clerk’s office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be submitted to the City Clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence. You can be placed on the City’s permanent AV voting list, from which you will automatically be mailed an AV application before every city/state/federal election.

After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk’s office.

Emergency Absent Voter Ballot
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed, but before 4 p.m. on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time that made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. The City Clerk will explain more about emergency absent voter ballots.