Absentee Ballots

Absentee Ballot Application Process

Proposal 18-3 passed November 2018 allows any registered voter to be able to request an absent voter’s (AV) ballot prior to an election without providing a reason.

Absent Voter Forms:

 

An Absent Voter’s Ballot Application or written request must be completed, signed and returned to the Independence Township Clerk’s Office before an absent voter’s ballot can be issued for each election.  To obtain an application, contact the Clerk’s office at 248-625-5113, or requests for a ballot may be made via one of these methods:

Mail to:
Independence Township Clerk

6483 Waldon Center Dr.
Clarkston, MI 48348
                                                                                               
Fax to:
248-625-2585

                   

                                                                         
Email to:
elections@indtwp.com
                                          

   

Hand delivered to the Township Clerk’s Office:
Note:  The persons who may be in lawful possession of a signed absentee ballot request are limited to:

    • The applicant
    • A member of the applicant’s immediate family
    • A person residing in the applicant’s household
    • A person shoes job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment)
    • A registered elector asked to handle the application by the applicant -- (This person must sign the Authorized Registered Election Returning Absentee Ballot Application portion of the application)
    • An authorized election official

Any other individual in possession of the signed application is in violation which is a misdemeanor!
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Last Day to Issue an AV ballot by Mail – The deadline for voters to request an AV ballot by First Class Mail has changed to Friday prior to the election by 5:00 PM.  Any request received by the Clerk’s Office by 5:00 PM will be mailed that evening.

Last Day for current registered voters to obtain an absent voter ballot is in-person by 4:00 PM the Monday before the election.  Note:  Ballots must be voted

Thirty (30) days prior to the election the Clerk will post notice of the day(s) and hours the office will be open to receive/issue AV ballots in-person during the Saturday or Sunday or combination of Saturday/Sunday hours before the election.

NOTICE:

Independence Clerk’s Office will be open:

Saturday prior to the election (date) - 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
for in-person voter registrations and
to issue absent voter ballots to in-person voters


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Permanent Absent Voter List

Independence Township maintains a list of Permanent Absent Voters.  To be included on the Permanent Absent Voter List, contact the Clerk’s office at 248-625-5113.  Absent Voter’s Ballot Applications are mailed to all voters on the Permanent Absent Voter List approximately 75 days prior to each election.  Remember, an AV ballot will be mailed only if you complete and return the application. 

Attention Snowbirds, et al:  Election mail cannot be forwarded by the Post Office

Please be advised that if you are temporarily away and have requested the USPS to forward your home’s mail to your temporary address, you will not receive your Absent Voter Ballot Application or Ballot.  Any election mail that is sent to your residence while you have mail forwarded will be returned to the Clerk’s Office.  It is advised that you contact the Clerk’s Office to ensure we have your phone or email address information so that you can be contacted in the event mail is returned to us during election time. 

Absent Voter Ballot Applications have a section to provide your temporary address so that ballots can be mailed directly to you if you are away from your permanent residence.  Be sure to note the date you are leaving your home and date you will be returning home.  Depending on the timing of mailing, we will determine if we need to mail to the temporary address or not. 

Note:  By law, the Clerk’s office may mail your ballot only to your registered address within Independence Township, or to any address outside of Independence Township, if you are out of town.

Return of Absent Voter Ballots

All voted absentee ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than 8:00 PM Election Day to be counted for the election.  Any returned ballots received after 8:00 PM Election Day or later will be rejected.  The ballot envelope must be signed by the voter to count. 

Ballots may be returned via one of these methods:

Mail to:
Independence Township Clerk
6483 Waldon Center Dr.
Clarkston, MI  48348

Delivered personally to the Township’s Drop Box or Clerk’s Office
Note:  The persons who may return an absentee ballot are limited to:

  • The voter
  • A member of the voter’s immediately 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 normally includes the handling of mail
    (but only during the course of his or her employment)
  • An authorized election official

Any person who signs the ballot on behalf of the voter
or any person who is in possession of a signed ballot other than those listed above
is in violation which is a felony!______________________________________________________________________________________