- Absentee Voting - Vote by Mail
- Understanding Absentee Voting Applications
- Surrendering your Absentee Ballot to Vote in Person
- Spoiling your Absentee Ballot
Absentee Voting - Vote by Mail
Who is eligible for an Absent Voter (AV) ballot?
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018, all registered voters may vote from home. To request an absent voter ballot, you may complete an online request. at michigan.gov/vote, use this application (Application for Absent Voter Ballot), or you may send a signed request in writing to the City Clerk's Office. Email: email@example.com. Mail: 151 Martin St., Birmingham MI 48009. Fax: 248-530-1080.
Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot
Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and may be submitted to the City Clerk's Office at City of Birmingham, 151 Martin Street, Birmingham MI 48009 in person or by mail. You may also email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to 248-530-1080. Your request may be on an application, a letter, or a postcard. Your request must be signed. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk's Office no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
Once your request is received by the City Clerk's Office, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. Commonly, the signature on your voter registration record will match the signature on your driver's license. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of Birmingham.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the City Clerk's Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Please contact the City Clerk's Office at 248-530-1880 for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.
You may request and receive an absent voter ballot in person at the City Clerk's Office on the Saturday prior to the election, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. You may also do so on the Monday before the election, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On Monday you are required to mark the ballot at the City Clerk's Office. Voters may not take absent voter ballots out of City Hall on Monday.
Surrendering your Absentee Ballot to Vote in Person
Voters ALWAYS have a choice. If you requested and received your absentee ballot but would prefer to vote in person you can surrender your absentee ballot with an Affidavit of Absent Voter.
Spoiling your Absentee Ballot
Mistakes happen, and that's ok, you can return your spoiled absentee ballot and obtain a new one with a Request to Spoil and Absentee Ballot Form.
Understanding Absentee Voting Applications
Frequently Asked Questions
Look for the logo below to ensure the application is from your City Clerk's office.
The absentee ballot applications from other organizations will most often suffice as long as it includes all of the correct information.