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Questions and answers about Michigan's March 10 Presidential Primary election
General Election Information
The Clerk is responsible for conducting all federal, state, and local elections. Some frequently asked questions are here for your review. As always, if you have additional questions, don't hesitate to contact our office.
How do I register to vote?
Voter registration is now automatic during driver’s license or state ID transactions at Michigan Secretary of State branch offices. If you have a Michigan ID or Driver License you can now register online now by clicking here. You may also register to vote by mail or in person at the local Clerk's Office, the County Clerk’s Office, military recruitment offices or specified agencies for clients receiving services. It is important to note that the address on your voter registration must match the address on your MI driver’s license or state ID; a change in one will be automatically reflected on the other. Please contact the Clerk's Office for more information.
Where do I vote?
There are 30 precincts in Shelby Township, each with an assigned polling location. Newly registered voters and voters who move into the township are sent a voter ID card with polling location and district information. This information is also available on the Michigan Voter Information Center website at the link above.
You are not required to show your voter ID card to vote, just present photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license, state ID, school ID or tribal ID. Voters who are not in possession of their ID while in the polls may sign an affidavit.
You must have lived at your registered address for the 30 days preceding an election in order to vote. If you move during the 30 days preceding an election you may be eligible to vote one last time in your prior polling location. We can help determine where you should vote!
The polls are open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
All polling locations are handicap accessible and equipped with voter assist terminals. These terminals are available to any person and provide voters with ballot language using audio output, large print or high contrast readouts. Selections can be made via touch screen, key pad, or sip-puff technology. Ballots indicating the voter’s selections are printed by the terminal to be inserted into the precinct tabulator by the voter.
Absent Voter Information
In 2018 Michigan voters approved Proposal 3, making some changes to election law. One of those changes is that voters can now request an absentee ballot without stating a reason. Requests must be made in writing; an application for an absentee ballot can be submitted using this generic form or by contacting the Clerk’s Office to be mailed a voter specific application. The Clerk’s Office maintains a list of voters who would like to be mailed an application each time they are eligible to vote. Let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list!
Completed applications may be returned by mail to:
Stanley Grot, Township Clerk
52700 Van Dyke Ave.
Shelby Township, MI 48316
OR by depositing your application in any of our three convenient drop boxes:
· drive-up drop box located on the Municipal Grounds at the 24 Mile exit
· walk-up dropbox on the left side of the north doors of the municipal building
· walk-up dropbox on the right side of the Clerk’s Office counter
OR by FAX to 586-726-7227
Michigan law requires voters to sign an application each time they wish to be issued a ballot.
This can raise questions for voters on our “permanent absentee” list. Being on our mailing list means we will automatically send a convenient application for you to sign and return if you wish to be issued an absentee ballot.
Ballots are mailed promptly to your registered address in response to a completed application. If you are temporarily away, you may request that your ballot be mailed to an address outside our jurisdiction. Voters in medical or long-term care facilities in or out of our jurisdiction may have election mail sent to them there. Election mail is not forwarded.
The last day the Clerk's Office is permitted to mail an absentee ballot for ANY election is the Friday prior to Election Day at 5:00 p.m. Following that deadline, voters must request their own ballots only, in person at the Clerk’s Office. The office is open the Saturday before Election Day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may also request your ballot in person on the Monday prior to Election Day until 4:00 p.m. Ballots issued on Monday before Election Day must be voted in the office and returned that day.
Active members of the armed services, their spouses and dependents, citizens residing outside the United States and voters affected by emergencies that occur after the absentee voter deadline should contact the Clerk’s Office for assistance.
Want to Help?
Election Worker Application
Stanley Grot Craig Cowper
Township Clerk Deputy Township Clerk
Mailing and physical address:
52700 Van Dyke Ave.
Shelby Township, MI 48316
(east side of Van Dyke, south of 24 Mile Road)