Absentee Voting Information
You are NOT eligible to vote by absentee ballot if:
- You are under 60 years of age and a first time voter in the State of Michigan and registered to vote by mail.
You ARE eligible to vote by absentee ballot if the following applies:
- You are 60 years of age or older
- The Township Clerk has verified your I.D. and signature.
- You will be absent from your community the entire time the polls are open on Election Day.
- You are physically unable to go to the polls to vote without the aid of another person.
- Because of religious beliefs you are unable to attend the polls.
- You are an election inspector working outside of your community.
- You are in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.
New Federal Law: On October 28, 2009, the Federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) act was signed into law by the President. One feature of the new federal law permits absent uniformed services voters and overseas voter to request that their absentee ballots be sent electronically via the Internet instead of by mail. Such voters can also request the electronic transmission of registration formats and absentee ballot applications.
How do I receive an absentee ballot? Click on the AV Application toggle at the top of the page. fill out the application and send a copy to the Clerk at 1169 Battle Creek Road, Charlotte, Michigan 48813-8507.
You may call the clerks offices at 888-805-6182, ext 102 and request an application for AV Ballot. Once your request is received by the Carmel Township Clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
Once you receive your absentee voter ballot, you can mail or deliver it to the clerks office or on election day you have until 8 p.m. to complete the ballot and return it to the polling location at the town hall at 1959 Kalamo Hwy. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to the Carmel Township Clerk's office or polling location. Voting is one of the most cherished and fundamental rights in our country. If you are eligible to obtain an absentee voter ballot and cannot attend the polls on election day, use of the absentee voter ballot is strongly encouraged.