Vote by Mail
All registered voters in Michigan can vote by mail using an absentee ballot. You don't need a reason. Voting with an absentee ballot allows you to vote prior to Election Day without leaving your home.
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Permanent Absentee Ballot Sign-Up
Are you a resident who tends to be out of town on Election Day? Are you frustrated by having to continually re-apply for your Absentee Ballot before each election? You may be interested in signing up for the PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTER BALLOT LIST. Recent changes to Michigan Election Law permits a one-time application to receive your Absentee Ballot for all elections going forward.
Snowbirds & College Students
If you plan to be out of town for a period and need your absentee ballot sent to your temporary address, fill out the online form below and submit to the City Clerk's Office.
Submit an Absent Voter Ballot Application
State law requires voters to complete and sign an Absent Voter Ballot Application before an absentee ballot can be mailed. You can submit the application online using the link below:
Submitting a request using the above link submits the application automatically to the City Clerk's Office. Once we receive your completed application, we will mail out your absentee ballot.
Complete Your Absentee Ballot
Once you have completed your absentee ballot, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person to the City Clerk's Office. You can also drop voted absentee ballots into one of the three secure drop boxes at Portage City Hall or the secure drop boxes at Fire Station 2 and Fire Station 3.
Verify Your Absentee Ballot Has Been Received
You can check to make sure your ballot was received using the Michigan Voter Information Center. Click the icon for "My Voter Information" and look up your information. The resulting page will confirm if your absentee ballot has been received.
1. Visit the City Clerk's Office
You can request an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's Office located on the main floor of City Hall during normal business hours. Our team will ask you to complete the Absent Voter Ballot Application and can provide an absentee ballot to you while you're in the office.
Absentee ballots cannot be given to anyone other than the voter. You will also be asked to present a valid photo ID before receiving an absentee ballot. You can still vote if you don't a photo ID with you - you'll just have to sign an affidavit stating you are not in possession of photo ID.
2. Vote Your Absentee Ballot
You can vote your absentee ballot before you leave City Hall if you prefer. Otherwise, complete and return it to the City Clerk's Office or an official drop box.
|7900 S. Westnedge Avenue
|a) front door
b) parking lot
c) Treasury Night Drop Box
|Fire Station #2
|6101 Oakland Drive
|near the red emergency phone (Zylman side)
|Fire Station #3
|8503 Sprinkle Road
|near the red emergency phone
- Members of the military may contact their commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Application (FPCA).
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