The Clerk’s Office is responsible for voter registration and for all local, state and federal elections. Since May 2005, elections for the four school districts within Bloomfield Township have been conducted by the Bloomfield Township Clerk’s office. These school districts are Avondale, Birmingham, Bloomfield and Pontiac. Municipal precincts are used for school elections.
Pursuant to State law, residents must be 18 years old and registered 30 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in it. A voter’s registration address must match his or her driver’s license address. Those voters who register by mail and have not previously voted in Michigan must vote in person the first time. Absentee ballots are available upon written request if a person is a senior citizen (60 years of age or older) or will be absent from the community the day of the election. The written request, in any format, may be submitted by fax, hand delivered or mailed. Absentee ballots may be obtained up to 2:00 PM on the Saturday preceding the election.
The Clerk’s Office also offers complete passport services. Click here for passport information.
In addition to these duties, the Clerk’s Office is charged with numerous record keeping responsibilities. It is the official keeper of all Township records, including Zoning Ordinances and General Ordinances. Minutes and agendas for the Board of Trustees and Lake Boards are prepared by the Clerk’s office. Applications for liquor licenses, solicitation, fireworks, going-out-of-business, wetlands, wireless and right-of-way permits are available in this office. The Clerk serves as the Freedom of Information Coordinator and as member and chairperson on the Township Election Commission.
The Clerk’s Office responds to a myriad of miscellaneous questions from residents. Some frequently asked questions concern garage sales, public meeting space and subdivision deed restrictions. Bloomfield Township does not require a permit for garage sales, but limits such sales to one a year per household. The Township auditorium is available for homeowner association meetings and can be scheduled through the Clerk’s Office. The Township cannot defend subdivision deed restrictions. The Oakland County Register of Deeds office can provide a copy of specific deed restrictions upon request.