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Voting Information

November 6, 2018 General Election
Election Results
After 8:00 p.m. on election night, results will be updated by Oakland County in real time. Use the above link to access the Oakland County Elections Division web site.

Know Before You Go
Voters who are familiar with the ballot before entering the voting booth on November 6, 2018 will help alleviate lengthy wait times at the polls. In addition to expected record-breaking turnout, the ballot is long. Know before you go about the 22 offices, 103 candidates and 3 statewide proposals on the ballot. Here's how:

  • View your Sample Ballot on this website. Because of the large 8.5" x 20" size of the ballot these links are meant to be viewed. Printing them as an 8.5" x 11" document will reduce the readability of the sample ballot significantly.
  • Full size copies of the 8.5" x 20" sample ballot are available at the Clerks Office, 151 Martin St., Birmingham MI 48009. Call 248-530-1880 to have one mailed to you.
  • Voters' sample ballots are also available at www.michigan.gov/vote
  • QR Codes will be posted at the precincts. Download a free QR code reader to your smart phone and download a sample ballot to your phone.

Absentee Voting
Download an Application for an Absent Voter Ballot. Complete the form, sign it, and email it to elections@bhamgov.org. A ballot will be mailed to you typically within 24 hours. Or drop your application off in person at the City Clerks Office, 151 Martin St. and receive your ballot while you wait.

The City Clerks office will be open Saturday, November 3, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, to issue absentee ballots.

NO STRAIGHT-PARTY VOTING OPTION ON THE BALLOT:
Due to an order issued by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the option to vote straight party will NOT appear on the November ballot.

VOTERS IN BIRMINGHAM WILL ELECT CANDIDATES TO THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:
Governor and Lieutenant Governor
Secretary of State
Attorney General
United States Senator
Representative in Congress, 11th District
State Senator, 13th District
Representative in State Legislature, 40th District
Member of the State Board of Education
Regent of the University of Michigan
Trustee of Michigan State University
Governor of Wayne State University
County Commissioner, 12th District
Justice of Supreme Court
Judge of Court of Appeals, 2nd District
Judge of Circuit Court, 6th Circuit
Judge of Probate Court
Judge of District Court, 48th District
Board of Trustees Member, Oakland Community College
Board Member, Birmingham Public Schools

STATE-WIDE PROPOSALS
Proposal 18-1. A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers.

Proposal 18-2. A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.

Proposal 18-3. A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution.

Full text of the proposal may be obtained by clicking here SAMPLE BALLOTS.

VOTE

Voting at the Polls

The polls are open from 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM.

You will need to bring photo identification such as your driver’s license or passport.  You do not need your voter registration card.  If you forget to bring your ID, you will be asked to sign an affidavit.  Confirm your voting precinct here.

Your voter identification card indicates the precinct location where you vote for all elections. The following are the voting precincts: Precinct Map  

PRECINCT 1          

Holy Name School,
680 Harmon (Corner of Greenwood)

Use north entrance 

PRECINCT 2

Derby Middle School,
1300 Derby (East of Adams)
Voting in the gym

PRECINCT 3 

Derby Middle School,
1300 Derby (East of Adams)
Voting in the gym

PRECINCT 4 

First Presbyterian Church,
1669 West Maple 
Use south entrance 

PRECINCT 5 

Next (formerly BASCC)/Midvale School, 
2121 Midvale 

Voting in gym, use east entrance 

PRECINCT 6 

Municipal Building,
151 Martin  
Voting on second floor, conf rm 202-203 

PRECINCT 7 

Pierce School,
1829 Pierce  
Voting in gym 

PRECINCT 8 

Adams Fire Station,
572 South Adams
Use west entrance 

PRECINCT 9 

 Ice Arena, 
2300 East Lincoln
Voting in conference room

 

Voting Absentee

How do I apply for an absentee ballot? 

An eligible voter may apply for an absentee ballot until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5, 2018.

You may apply for an absentee ballot:

  • In person at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • By mail to 151 Martin Street, Birmingham MI 48009
  • By email to elections@bhamgov.org
  • By fax at to 248-530-1080

An application for an absentee ballot can be downloaded here.

In addition to our regular business hours, the City Clerk’s Office will be open on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to issue and accept absentee ballots.

When do I need to return my absentee ballot?  We must receive your absentee ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

For your convenience, a drop-box is located on the south side of the building.  The drop-box is checked daily and allows you the ability to drop off your ballot any time of the day or night.

 

Do I qualify for an absentee ballot?

If you meet one of the requirements below, you are eligible for an absentee ballot: 

  • 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.
Military and Overseas Voters  Please click here for additional information on obtaining an absentee ballot

Federal Postcard Application


If you are over sixty and would like to automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot for all elections, please let us know.  NOTE:  You must complete an absentee ballot application for each election in order to receive an absentee ballot.

Voting with Assistance

Federal and state laws require every City to provide accessible registration and voting locations for voters who are disabled. If you require voting assistance, ask the election workers for help and two inspectors will assist you.

Registering to Vote

To be eligible to vote in the next election, you must be registered at least 30 day prior to the election and fulfill these requirements:

  • a U. S. Citizen
  • at least 18 years of age by election day
  • a resident of the City of Birmingham for at least 30 days

You may register to vote by mail (voter registration form), at your City or County Clerk's Office or any Secretary of State branch office. If you move to a new City you must re-register to vote. If you move within the same City, the Clerk's Office can handle the change. All Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver's license. Consequently, if you change your voter registration address your drivers license address will change. The reverse is true as well. Voter registration information may be obtained on the state web site at www.Michigan.gov/vote.

Confirm your voter registration here.


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Additional information may be obtained through the Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) web site maintained by the Michigan Department of State: www.Michigan.gov/vote.

Contact the Birmingham City Clerk’s Office.