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Absentee Voting

General Absentee Voting Information:

  • You no longer need a reason to obtain an absentee ballot.
  • Eligible citizens can now register in person at the Clerk’s office with proof of residency starting 14 days before an election and continuing through 8 pm on Election Day.
  • Election day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in the clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct.
  • All registered voters can now request to be placed on the permanent absentee list.
  • Deadline for the Clerk’s office to receive an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed is now 5 p.m. the Friday before an election.

November 3rd General Election Information

Application Due Date:

Absentee applications can be accepted until 8 p.m. on Election Day (November 3rd). However, if you would like to have your application mailed to you, your application must be received by Friday, October 30th at 5 p.m.

When Will Ballots Go Out:

Ballots for applications received by September 21st will be placed in the mail the week of September 21st unless otherwise directed by the applicant.

Ballots for applications received after September 21st will be sent as the applications are received, typically the same day the application is received by the Clerk.

How Can I Complete an Application for Absentee Ballot:

Applications can be completed online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication/Index.

A printable application can be found here: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf

You can also stop into the hall and complete an application there. Additionally, many organizations are sending applications to vote absentee in the mail. You can complete any one of those applications.

***PLEASE only complete one application to vote in the November 3rd election.***

Where Can Applications and Ballots Be Sent/Dropped:

Applications and completed ballots can be mailed to Clerk, PO Box 323, Grand Junction, MI 49056, emailed to clerk@columbiatwp.com, or faxed to 269.434.6916. We also have a dropbox available just outside of the hall doors and will be installing a bigger drive-up dropbox soon.

Can I Spoil My Absentee Ballot and Vote a New One:

Absentee Ballots can be spoiled as long as the request to spoil is received in writing by the Clerk no later than 4 p.m. the day prior to the election, November 2nd. Ballots cannot be spoiled the day of the election.

If I Request an Absentee Ballot Can I Change My Mind and Vote in Precinct:

Yes, if you have not turned in a voted Absentee Ballot. However, we suggest that you bring your unvoted absentee ballot with you to the precinct. If you are unable to do so, you will need to complete necessary paperwork to indicate you will not be voting that ballot AND your ballot will be marked as challenged.

 

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