Elections & Pollworkers

Scheduled 2016 Elections

  • March 8 - Presidential Primary Election
  • May 3 - Special Election
  • August 2 - Primary Election
  • November 8 - General Election
Voter Registration Information

To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by election day, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to vote.  To qualify to vote in an upcoming election, registrations must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the election.  You may register to vote at the Office of the City Clerk or any Michigan Secretary of State branch office.  You may also register to vote by mail and can download an application from the Michigan Secretary of State.  Please note that a voter who registers to vote by mail must vote in person unless he or she is 60 years of age or older or has a recognized disability.  

Precinct and Ballot Information

The City of Portage is divided into 19 voting precincts.  Where you vote depends on where you live.  To find out where you vote, either review your voter identification card or visit the Michigan Voter Information Center.  This website will also let you know if you are registered to vote, provide a map of polling locations, provide a listing of candidates and ballot proposals specific to your precinct and a calendar of important election dates. 

Absentee Ballots
You are eligible to receive an absentee ballot if any of the following apply:
  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • Expect to be absent from the community the entire time polls are open on election day
  • Physically unable to attend the polls without assistance from another
  • Unable to attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion
  • Confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which you reside

To request an absentee ballot for any election, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511 or send an e-mail requesting an absentee ballot application to the Office of the City Clerk.  Completed absentee ballot applications can mailed or dropped off to the Office of the City Clerk at 7900 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002.  You may also download an application.  A completed application or written request accompanied by an original signature is necessary before a ballot can be issued.  Absentee ballots may also be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk.  One important note: ballots cannot be given out to anyone other than the voter.  Prior to returning the ballot, make sure that you have signed the outside envelope; and, if mailing the ballot, place at least $.60 postage on the envelope.

The Office of the City Clerk is open the Saturday before each election from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the convenience of those wishing to vote via absentee ballot.

Permanent Absentee Voter
The City of Portage maintains a permanent list of absentee voters for those interested voters who are over the age of 60 or permantly disabled.  Members of the permanent list automatically receive an absentee ballot application that must be completed and returned prior to 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before an election.  To join the permanent list please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511.

The City of Portage is always looking for those interested in working elections.  To learn more about becoming pollworkers please contact the Department of Human Resources at (269) 329-4533. Pollworkers are paid $120 per day, assistant precinct chairs are paid $130 and precinct chairs are paid $145/day.  Training is available and pollworkers receive $15 per training session.   

Precinct Relocation Information
The City of Portage has determined alternate voting locations to current school-based precincts in an effort to move voting precincts away from students to promote school safety.  Several other locations have changed for increased election efficiency.  

In order to inform voters of the planned precinct changes, new voter identification cards were mailed by the city to affected voters in 2013.  The mailing also included an explanation of the change along with a map directing voters to their voting location.  Voters may also visit www.michigan.gov/vote to find their voting location or call the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511.  An overview map of all precincts and their assigned voting locations can be downloaded for your reference.


If you previously voted here: Now you vote here:
Angling Road Elementary  Kalamazoo First Assembly of God Church - 5550 Oakland Drive 
Amberly Elementary  Chapel Hill United Methodist Church - 7028 Oakland Drive
Community Education Center  Northern HS "Dog House" Gymnasium - 1000 Idaho Avenue 
Haverhill Elementary  Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 1747 W. Milham Avenue 
Lake Center Elementary  Lord of Life Lutheran Church - 9420 Portage Road 
Moorsbridge Elementary  The Bridge Church - 7200 Angling Road 
North Middle School  Northern HS "Dog House" Gymnasium - 1000 Idaho Avenue
Woodland Elementary (north of Schuring Rd)* Chapel Hill United Methodist Church - 7028 Oakland Drive
Woodland Elementary (south of Schuring Rd)*  St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church - 1150 W. Centre Avenue
Victory Baptist Church   Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency - 1819 E. Milham Avenue 
Milham Meadows Community Room Kalamazoo First Assembly of God Church - 5550 Oakland Drive
Portage United Church of Christ   The Bridge Church - 7200 Angling Road

* Precincts previously located at Woodland Elementary have two new locations.  Voters who previously voted at Woodland and live north of Schuring Road will now vote at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and voters who previously voted at Woodland and live south of Schuring will now vote at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.

Voting precincts previously located at Central Elementary and Central Middle School were previously relocated to the Portage Central High School "Stable" gymnasium.

Voter Assist Terminals
Every precinct in the City of Portage is equipped with AutoMARK voting terminals.  These terminals allow individuals who are visually or hearing impaired or have mobility difficulties to vote independently.  The AutoMARK allows voters to utilize a touch screen or a braille-encoded keypad to mark their ballots.  Ballots are then tabulated the same way as every other ballot.