Residents who wish to obtain an absentee ballot in person must show photo I.D.
Photo ID Requirement As a result of legislation enacted in 2012 (PA 523 of 2012), voters who obtain an absent voter ballot in person are also required to comply with the picture identification requirement. If a voter is not in possession of picture ID, they may sign the same Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification form that is used in the polls on Election Day. AV ballots from voters that obtain a ballot in person and do not provide picture identification and sign the affidavit form must be processed as a challnged ballot on Election Day.
Absentee Ballot Tracking MCL 168.764c, requires jurisdictions to use a ballot tracker program to track absentee ballot activity for all elections. Through the Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC), voters may check the status of their absent voter application and ballot, as well as view their precinct specific ballot, polling location, and map to the polling place. Log onto MVIC at www.michigan.gov/vote. Eligibility Michigan law states that a registered voter is eligible to obtain an absentee ballot for an upcoming election if he or she is:
- Age 60 or older.
- Unable to attend the polls without the assistance.
- Expecting to be out of town on Election Day.
- In jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
- Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
Eligibility Restriction A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.
Application Process Michigan law requires that a new application be completed for each election for which an absentee ballot is needed. To request an Application for Absent Voters Ballot Form, your options are as follows:
- Visit the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 11111 Wayne Road (Office hours M-F, 8am – 4pm)
- Contact the Election’s Clerk at (734) 942-7540
- Download a copy of the Application for Absent Voter Ballot Form.
The City Clerk's Office will be open on the Saturday prior to Election Day to accept and process Absent Voter Ballot Applications. Office hours are 8:00am to 2:00pm. Permanent Absent Voter List If you are interested in receiving an Absent Voter Application for all future elections, please complete the Permanent Absent Voter Request Form and return it to the City Clerk's Office. Once your signature is received, your name will be recorded on a Permanent Absent Voter List to receive Absent Voter Applications for all future elections. To obtain a Permanent Absent Voter Request Form click here.