Scheduled 2013 Elections
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 handicap.
The City of Portage is divided into 21 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 let you know if you are registered to vote, provide a map of polling locations, provide a listing of candidates and ballot proposals and a calendar of important election dates.
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 Employee Development 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.
Voter Assist Terminals (AutoMARK)
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.