To request an absentee ballot, you must meet the following criteria:
- Expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
- Physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
- Cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion.
- Have been appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside.
- 60 years of age or older.
- Cannot attend the polls because you are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
Additional information relating to absentee voting:
- City offices will be open the Saturday preceding the election from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for absentee voting only.
- Up to 4:00 p.m. on the Monday preceding the election, electors qualified to obtain an absent voter ballot may vote in person in the Clerk's office.
- You may make an "Emergency" request for an absentee ballot if you cannot attend the polls, on election day, because of:
- personal injury or illness
- a family death or illness that requires you to leave your community for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
The emergency must have occurred late enough that you could not file for a regular absentee voter ballot. If you are requesting an emergency absentee ballot, you may have someone deliver your written request for the ballot to your city or township clerk's office before 4:00 p.m. on election day.