Elections & Voting

2021 Elections

  • May 4 -  Special Election 
  • August 3 - Special Election (NEW) 
  • November 2 - City General Election

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

2021 City Offices on the November Ballot:

Mayor (full term - 2 years)

Councilmember (full term - 4 years)

Councilmember (partial term - 2 years)

**Deadline to file: July 20, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.  - candidates listed at right

Write-In Candidates

To file as a Write-In Candidate for the offices of Mayor and City Council for the November 2 election, candidates must files a Declaration of Intent form before Friday, October 22, 2021 at 4:00pm with the Office of the City Clerk.

How do I vote?

The City of Portage uses the DS200 Tabulator and ExpressVote machines from Elections Systems & Software (ES&S). 

This equipment makes the process easy for Portage voters. The DS200 features a large touch screen.  The ExpressVote is an ADA compliant, accessible device that has a detachable tactile navigation keypad with braille and raised/shaped keys, offers ballots in both audio and visual formats, and allows total independence to be maintained by the voter while they cast their ballot. 

The same equipment is used throughout Kalamazoo County. Although some counties use different equipment, paper ballots will continue to be used statewide. 

You can watch the YouTube videos below from ES&S to learn about the voting equipment before Election Day.

ExpressVote Video Opens in new windowDS 200 Video Opens in new window

Untitled Opens in new window(video courtesy of Detroit Free Press)