Elections & Pollworkers

Scheduled 2013 Elections

  • May 6 - Special Election
  • August 5 - Primary Election
  • November 4 - General Election

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.  On the day of each election in 2014, a notice will be posted at all the former voting precincts with the new 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.

PRECINCT CHANGE SUMMARY:

If you 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 Education

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 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. 


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.


Pollworkers
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.