Election & Voting Information
The link below offers voter registration information, absentee ballot status, precinct locations, sample ballots, and candidate or proposal information.
Absentee Voter Ballots
Due to a recent Michigan Court of Appeals ruling, residents will no longer automatically receive Absentee Voter Applications for each election unless you request the Grand Haven Charter Township Clerk to place your name on a Permanent Absentee Voter List.
How do I apply?
In order to receive an absent voter ballot application, a registered voter must make a verbal or written request. You can do this by contacting the Township Clerk’s Office or by submitting a written request to the Township Clerk. State a statutory reason (listed below), tell where the ballot must be mailed or delivered, give your present registered address and sign the application. Each person who desires an absentee ballot must sign the application as ballots are sent or delivered only to those who sign.
You may vote by absentee ballot if you:
- Expect to be absent from the community in which registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
- Are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
- Cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion.
- Have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where your reside.
- Are 60 years of age or more.
- Cannot attend the polls because of confinement in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
Application can be made for one election only or for the primary election and general election, which follows on one form. Applications may not be accepted sooner than 75 days preceding the primary election. If you want to be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List, you must qualify for one of the required reasons (on a permanent basis).
What is the deadline for applying for absentee ballots?
Application must be made by 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday preceding the election.
If after the deadline is passed and it is found an Absentee Ballot is required, the elector may go to the Clerks Office on any working day up to 4 p.m. of the day preceding election. Both application and voting the ballot will occur at this time in the clerk’s office.
You are qualified to vote if:
- You are a citizen of the United States.
- You are at least 18 years of age on or before the day of election at which you seek to vote.
- You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
- You have registered to vote on or before the close of registration preceding the election at which you seek to vote.
How can I register?
- At the office of your county, city, township, or village clerk.
- At your Secretary of State driver’s license office
- Secretary of State “renewal by mail”
- State and federal mail-in forms
Change of Address?
If you move within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A change of address card will be completed at the polling place when you vote.
If you move outside your city, township or village, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office. The change of address may be made by mail as well as in person.
If you submit a change of address on your driver license at a Secretary of State Branch Office and/or your local government office, the address on your voter registration record will automatically be changed as well and your new voter I.D. card will be sent.
Primary vs. General Election
In a primary election, the members of each party nominate candidates of their party for the general election. Voters may vote for candidates in one party only.
In a general election, all voters elect officials from the party nominees and independent candidates. Voters may vote for candidates in more than one party.