How Do You Obtain an Absentee Ballot in Michigan?


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Qualified Michigan voters can request absentee ballots, also known as mail-in ballots, by filing a written absent voter ballot application to their local city or township clerk. The application is available from the Michigan Department of State as well as township clerk offices.

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Unlike some states with absentee voter registration, Michigan only allows voters to register as absentee voters in six specific circumstances: the voter is 60 years of age or older, is unable to vote without assistance, expects to be out of town on the next election day, is in jail before arraignment or trial, has a religious objection to casting a ballot at the polls in person, or is scheduled to work as a poll worker outside of his own precinct.

Voters who wish to register as absentee voters must submit an application to the city or township clerk no later than 2 p.m. on the Saturday before election day. The next election in Michigan takes place on Aug. 4, 2015, so the deadline for individuals to register as absentee voters is 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Absentee voters receive their ballots by mail, and they must be submitted by 8 p.m. on election day. In the event that a voter loses his absentee ballot, he may request an emergency replacement from his local clerk's office.

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