Voting

The Clerk's Office will have additional hours on the following dates & times only for the purpose of issuing absentee ballots:
Saturday, November 5th 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Are you registered to vote? Do you know your voting precinct? Click here to find your voter information.

Regarding elections, the Clerk advises that you must be 18 years old and registered 30 days prior to the election to be eligible to vote. State law requires that a voter's registration address match the voter's driver's license address. Please FAX the form below to: 248.642.7610.

This document is available to view in PDF format. Voter Registration Form

Absent Ballots

Application for Absent Voter Ballot

Those voters who register by mail and have not previously voted in Michigan must vote in person the first time. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped, or voters who are 60 years of age or older.

Absentee ballots are available upon written request if a registered voter meets one of the following criteria:

  • I am 60 years of age or older.
  • I expect to be absent from the community in which I am registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
  • I am physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my religion.
  • I have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where I reside.
  • I cannot attend the polls because I am confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

The written request, in any format, may be submitted by fax, hand delivered or mailed. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot which must be mailed is 2:00 PM on the Saturday preceding the election. On that date, the Clerk's Office will be open from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM, for the purpose of issuing absent voter ballots.

Absentee Voting and Frequently Asked Questions

The procedures for absentee voting are often misunderstood, especially during the gubernatorial and presidential elections. In an attempt to demystify the process, the list below provides frequently asked questions that address the most common situations.

1. Can I request an absentee ballot for a specific election?

Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot for a specific election. Visit the Clerk’s Office and complete an application for an absentee ballot or call the Clerk’s Office at 248.433.7702 and an application will be mailed to you. The application is also available on our website. An application for a ballot is required prior to receipt of any ballot for each election.

2. Do I have to use the application printed by the Clerk’s Office in order to receive an absentee ballot?

As long as the voter submits a written request, which includes the reason for the request, a signature, and the mailing address, a ballot can be issued.

3. What is the Permanent Absentee Voter List?

This list contains the names of registered voters in Bloomfield Township who have submitted a verbal or written request to be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List. The benefit to being on this list is that it allows the voter to automatically receive an Absentee Voter Application for every election. Any registered voter can request to be on this list. Upon receipt of the application for a ballot, the voter must select one of six reasons to qualify to receive a ballot.

4. What makes a voter eligible to receive an absentee ballot?

A voter must meet one of the following six criteria:

  • I am 60 years of age or older.
  • I expect to be absent from the community in which I am registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
  • I am physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my religion.
  • I have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where I reside.
  • I cannot attend the polls because I am confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • 5. I’ve been on the Permanent Absentee List for many years. Why do I have to make a formal request now?

    Recent challenges to Michigan election laws require the Clerk’s Office to have a written or verbal request from any registered voter wishing Permanent Absentee Voter status. To comply with this requirement, the Township recently mailed a Registered Absentee Voter Response Card to all registered voters with permanent absentee voter status and registered voters over 60 years of age as of April 1, 2008, asking if they wished to remain or be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List.

    6. If I am on the Permanent Absentee Voter List, will I automatically receive an absentee ballot for every election?

    No. Absentee ballots are not automatically sent to a voter unless a completed application is submitted first. Applications for an absentee ballot are sent to people on the Permanent Absentee Voter List for every election, except even year elections. In those elections, the Clerk’s Office sends a dual application for an absentee ballot, allowing the voter to request a ballot for both the August and November elections on one convenient form.

    7. Can college students request an absentee ballot or request to be on the Permanent Absentee Voter List?

    College students away at school, but registered to vote in Bloomfield Township, are encouraged to take advantage of the absentee voting process. They can request a ballot for a specific election or request to be placed on the Permanent Absentee List. The convenience of either procedure allows the ballot to be sent directly to the student’s college address.

    8. Can I pick up a ballot for a family member or friend?

    No. Ballots can only be given to the voter. By law, ballots must be mailed to the registered address of the voter, mailed to the alternate temporary address listed on the AV Ballot Application or picked up in person. Emergency situations can be addressed directly to the Clerk, Janet Roncelli.

    9. When do I have to return my ballot?

    All Absentee Ballots must be returned the Clerk’s Office by 8:00 PM of election day. Ballots may be returned by mail (express mail is suggested for out-of-state and out-of-country voters), deposited in our 24-hour drop-box in the front lobby or dropped off at the Clerk’s Office during business hours.

    10. What if I receive an application for an absentee ballot, but decide to vote at the polls?

    A voter can still vote in person simply by not returning the absentee application for processing. Even if the voter changes their mind after receiving a ballot, they can still vote in person by not voting the absentee ballot and appearing at the polls in person, preferably with the unvoted ballot so it can be spoiled.

    11. How can I be placed on the Permanent Absentee Voter List?

    If you would like to be added to the Permanent Absentee Voter List, complete the form below and return it to the Clerk’s Office.

    This document is available to view in PDF format. Permanent Absentee Voter Application

    Polling Locations and Precincts

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