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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.
Absent Voter Application - November
6, 2012 Election
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:
you are unable to attend the
polls without assistance;
you expect to be absent from
your city or township for the entire time the polls are open
on election day;
you are in jail, awaiting
arraignment or trial;
you have been assigned to
work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where
you are registered; or
you are unable to attend the
polls because of religious beliefs.
- you are 60 years of age or
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
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
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
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
I am physically unable to attend the polls without the
assistance of another.
I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my
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
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
If you would like to be added to the Permanent Absentee
Voter List, complete the form below and return it to the
Permanent Absentee Voter Application
Polling Locations and Precincts
for current election and temporary polling location
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