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Absentee Voting
A registered voter is eligible to obtain an absentee ballot for an upcoming election if he or she:
  • Expects to be absent from his or her city or township of residence for the entire time the polls are open
  • Is an appointed election inspector in a precinct outside of his or her designated voting precinct
  • Is in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Is of 60 or more years of age
  • Is unable to vote without assistance
  • Refuses to attend the polls due to his or her religious beliefs

Eligibility Restriction
A person who registered to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates, unless they physically appear in person to request an absentee ballot at the Clerk’s Office. This restriction does not apply to active military, overseas voters, voters who are handicapped, or voters who are 60 years of age or older.

How to Apply
To vote by absent voter ballot, you must first submit a request through either an Absent Voter Ballot Application, through a written request, or make a request in person to the Clerk's Office at the township administration building. You may request to be placed on the permanent absent voter application mailing list. Once on the list, you must fill out an absentee voter application before each election to receive an absentee ballot. All written requests in a letter or on a postcard must include a statutory reason why the voter is eligible to receive an absentee ballot and the applicant’s signature.

Photo Identification Required for Absent Voter Ballot Application
Effective March 27, 2013, if a voter requests an absent voter ballot in person at the Clerk’s Office, the voter is required to present a photo ID or sign the Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification form. The list of acceptable ID documents and affidavit form are the same as those required for in-person voter registration and in-person voting on election day. Feel free to contact the Clerk's Office at 734.822.3120 if you have any questions regarding absentee voting.

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