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    ​Voter Information
    Election Calendars, Voter Registration, and Absentee Ballots​

    2017 Elections
    • Municipal Primary Election (1st and 2nd Wards ONLY) - August 8, 2017.  Registration deadline date July 10th.  Last day to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 2pm on Saturday, August 5th.  In-person absentee voting until 4pm Monday, August 7th.
    • Municipal General Election - November 7, 2017. Registration deadline date October 10th. Last day to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed is 2pm on Saturday, November 4th.  In-person absentee voting until 4pm Monday, November 6th.
    Voter Registration
    1. Must be a U.S. Citizen
    2. Must be at least 18 years old by Election Day
    3. Must be a resident of Michigan and the City of Grand Rapids
    Register In Person - This is required for first-time voters in the State of Michigan
    Register at a Michigan Secretary of State branch office or the City of Grand Rapids Clerk's Office (or the clerk of your jurisdiction).​ Please bring photo ID.
    Register by Mail
    Register by mail by completing the Voter Registration Application and return to:
     Grand Rapids City Clerk's Office
     300 Monroe Avenue NW 
     Grand Rapids, MI  49503​​

    Update Voter Registration
    If you have moved recently or legally changed your name (marriage), you must register again. 
    You may change your address online through ExpressSOS, by mail or in person at a Michigan Secretary of State branch office or the City of Grand Rapids Clerk's Office.​ Please bring photo ID.
    Changed Name
    Must re-register to vote in person at a Michigan Secretary of State branch office. Bring legal documentation of the name change such as a marriage license or court papers. 
    Absentee Ballots
    Eligibility Requirements (at least one of the following)
    1. Age:​ Voter is 60 years of age or older.
    2. Absent: Voter expects to be absent from the community in which he/she is registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
    3. Physically unable: Voter is physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another person.
    4. Religion: Voter cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of his/her religion.
    5. Election worker: Voter has been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where he/she resides.
    6. Confinement: Voter cannot attend the polls because he/she is confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
    Applying for an Absentee Ballot
    By Mail: call the Clerk's Office at 616-456-3010 to request an Absent Voter Ballot Application. The application will be mailed to you within one business day. 
    In Person: you can bring your photo ID to the City of Grand Rapids Clerk's Office to complete the Absent Voter Application and be issued a ballot.
    Returning an Absentee Ballot
    By Mail: Absentee ballots can be mailed back to the Clerk's Office. Please send absentee ballots in as soon as possible as mailing errors which delay return are possible

    By Drop Off:  Absentee ballots can be returned to the Election Drop Box for absentee ballots located on the curb in front of 300 Ottawa Ave SW. Ballots can be returned before 8:00 pm on Election Day. This convenient option allows absentee voters to drive up and drop their ballots from their driver’s side window​.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot

    You may make an "emergency" request for an absent voter ballot if you cannot attend the polls on Election Day because:

      • You have become physically disabled; or
      • A family death or illness requires you to leave your community for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.

    The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for the voter to apply for an absent voter ballot by the statutory deadline for regular applications.  Therefore, requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election, which is the deadline for applying for a regular absent voter ballot, but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. Emergency absent voter ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.​​  Contact the Grand Rapids City Clerk's Office for more information


    Military and Overseas Citizen Absentee Ballots
    ​Eligibility Requirements (at least one of the following)
    1. Active Duty: an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine;
    2. Family of Active Duty: an eligible spouse or family member of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine; or
    3. Reside Abroad: a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.​
    Applying for an Absentee Ballot
    Complete the Federal PostCard Application (FPCA)​. Michigan does not require a witness signature. Return form to the City of Grand Rapids City Clerk by:
    Fax: 616-456-4607
    Mail: City Clerk's Office
    300 Monroe Avenue NW 
    Grand Rapids, MI  49503
    Additional Information and Assistance
    ​The Federal Voting Assistance Program​ website has a wealth of information and resources for service members, their families, and overseas citizens.

    ​​​Permanent Absentee Voter List
    A voter can request to be added to this list in order to receive Absent Voter Applications prior to each election. Recipients of these applications must complete the application for each election and return it to the Clerk's Office in order to receive a ballot. 
    You may call the Clerk's Office at 616-456-3010 to request to be put on the Permanent Absentee Voter List.

    Think you are registered to vote?
    Check before it's too late. This is Tom. Tom didn't check. Tom couldn't vote.

    Drive up and drop-off option for absentee ballot returns
     Located on the curb at 300 Ottawa Ave NW

    First time voter in the State of Michigan and want to vote absentee?
    If you register by mail, you will not be able to vote by absentee ballot. You also won't get a cool "I Voted" sticker.
    (this does not apply to overseas voters, voters over the age of 60 or voters who are disabled)​
    I voted sticker.jpg

    Applying for an absentee ballot? 
    Check the deadline dates. 
    View election information from the Secretary of State