Laura Goostrey, Clerk
888-805-6182 Ext. 1
Next Election is Tuesday, May 7, 2019
661 Beech Highway, Charlotte, MI 48813
Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM
Registering to Vote
You may register to vote if:
- You are a United States Citizen.
- Your are at least 18 years old by Election Day.
- You have been a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying for at least 30 days before the election.
Are YOU registered to vote?
You may register at any of the following locations:
- Any Secretary of State Branch Office.
- The Eaton County Clerk’s Office at 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, Michigan 48813.
- Carmel Township Clerk’s Office at 661 Beech Hwy., Charlotte, Michigan 48813.
- By mail: a voter who has never voted in Michigan who choosed to register by mail, must appear in person to vote in the first election in which he or she wished to participate (PA92 of 2004).
Other places yo may register to vote: Registration may also be made at the specified agency for clients receiving services through the Department of Community Health, Michigan Jobs Commission and some offices of the Commission for the Blind and at the military recruitment offices for persons enlisting in the Armed Forces. You must register by 5:00 PM on the 30th day preceding the election.
What if I have moved?
- If you have moved within the township you are currently registered to vot in you should immediately notify your township clerk.
- If you ahve moved to a different city or township within the State of Michigan you must re-register with your new city or township clerk, ar at any Secretary of State branch office.
- There is a 30-day window from the time you move to the new city/township to vote in your past address.
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 661 Beech Hwy, Charlotte, Michigan 48813.
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 661 Beech 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.