Voting occurs at the Township Hall and Polls are open Election Day 7am to 8pm
You can now register online to vote (or update your registration): www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration
You can track your absentee ballot status or signup to be on the permanent list at www.Michigan.gov/vote
Any registered voter can now vote absentee. You can get an application at michigan.gov/vote
To request an absentee ballot application form be mailed to you and/or to be put on the permanent list (to automatically receive an application for every election eligible) please contact the Clerk, Danielle Patterson at 517-543-3308 or email the clerk or sign up online.
Applications should forward if you’ve set up USPS mail forwarding, but the ballots do NOT so be sure to indicate on the request where to mail your ballot if you want it sent to a temporary address outside of Eaton Township.
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing and signed by the voter. The majority of voters will have to submit a request for an absentee ballot for each election. Regular absentee ballots cannot be requested more than 75 days prior to an Election and ballots (unvoted) cannot be picked up in-person by anyone but the voter.
If you are overseas or military stationed outside of your registered address please use the FVAP application and contact the Clerk, Danielle Patterson at 517-543-3308 or email the clerk for specific instructions.
Absentee ballots are usually available to be sent out about a month before the election and can be requested (with some limitations) up to the Monday prior to Election Day, but it is recommended to request them sooner rather than later. You can email or fax an application. For more details see the links below (Election Information Links) or contact the Clerk, Danielle Patterson.
Regular mail time by USPS can take about a week. Applications or ballots can be mailed or dropped off in-person during Township hours or after hours use the dropbox, located in the parking lot across from the building under the lamppost. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official (Clerk or clerk representative) is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk’s office.
Completed ballots must be received by the Clerk by 8 pm Election Day and be signed by the voter (usually on the outside of the return envelope) in order to be counted. You can track your absentee ballot status through the Michigan Voter Information Center.
AV Envelope Mailing Tips
Spoiling an Absent Voter Ballot
If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote (because the candidate has dropped out of the race, or for any other reason), a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a signed, written request to the Township Clerk. The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.
If you still have your absentee ballot on Election Day you can surrender it in the polling location and then vote in person.
Registering to vote or updating your registered address NOT in-person must be completed/postmarked at least 15 days prior to Election Day
Requests for an absentee ballot to be mailed must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
In person absentee ballot requests can be made by the Monday before the election (up to 4 pm), you must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office.
Voted and signed absentee ballots must be returned to the Clerk by 8 pm Election day.
Election Information Links
- Eaton Township Precinct Map
- Michigan Voter Information Center (check if/where registered, see sample ballot)
- Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
- Voting Absentee – Military and Overseas Civilian Voters
- Voting Absentee
- Spoil your ballot – Request Form
- Election mail for a former resident
- Current Election Results
- Archived Election Results
- Elections – Eaton County
- Election Laws Summary
- Absentee Law Excerpt
- Work in the Polls Election Day