Absentee Voting

All voters can now vote by Absentee

Step 1:  Request your ballot.

Get an application at county and City Clerk’s Offices or at Michigan.gov/Vote.

  • Ballots will be sent by mail for any ballot application Received by 5 p.m. the Friday before an election.  Absentee ballots after this date will only be issued In person at the clerk’s office.
  •  Voters can bring in their application and receive a ballot from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm on the Sat. before the Election and on the Monday before Election Day from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Step 2:  complete it, sign it, submit it.

  • Option 1:  Drop off completed ballot in person to your City Clerk (City Hall, 36725 Division Road, Richmond, MI 48062)
  •  Option 2:   Return your ballot to your City Clerk through the mail.

Ballots must be signed and
 received by 8:00 pm on
 Election Day

 Permanent Absent Voter List

The City Clerk’s Office maintains a list of voters who are interested in receiving absent voter ballot application prior to every election.  There are no requirements to be placed on the list. You will still have the option to vote in person at the polls in every future election if you are registered to vote and wish to do so.

You can contact the City Clerk office by phone (586-727-7571, ext. 204) or email hmccallister@cityofrichmond.net to request an application to be added to the permanent absent voter list.  The application is also available at the City Offices 36725 Division Road, Richmond Michigan, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

Ballot Possession

State law limits the persons who may be in lawful possession of an absent voter ballot (not yet voted or voted) to:

  • The voter
  • A member of the voter's immediate family who has been asked to return the ballot
  • A person residing in the voter's household who has been asked to return the ballot
  • A person whose job it is to handle mail
  • The clerk or other authorized election official

A person in illegal possession of an absent voter ballot (voted or not yet voted) is guilty of a felony.