Absentee Voting

Absent voter ballots are available to registered voters for all elections. They provide a convenient method for casting a ballot when a voter is unable to attend the polls on election day.

Absent Voter Ballot Application

Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot?

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center Michigan.gov/Vote.

Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot

Voter requests for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of a voter's city or township clerk, see Michigan.gov/Vote.) Voters must request an absent voter ballot by mailing the application, a letter, a postcard or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to a voter must be received by their clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

Once a voter's request is received by the local clerk, the voter's signature on the request will be checked against their voter registration record before a ballot is issued. Individuals must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to a voter at their home address or any address outside of their city or township of residence.

After receiving their absent voter ballot, voters have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Their ballot will not be counted unless their signature is on the return envelope and matches their signature on file. If a voter received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped them must also be on the return envelope. Only the voter, a family member or person residing in the voter's household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver a voter's signed absent voter ballot to their clerk's office.

Permanent Absent Voter List

The East Lansing City Clerk's Office maintains a permanent absent voter list for register East Lansing voters who would like to automatically receive an absent voter ballot application before every election scheduled in East Lansing. Learn more.