Absentee Ballot Information
- What is an Absentee Voter Ballot?
An Absentee Voter Ballot (AV Ballot) is an opportunity to cast your vote before election day as long as you qualify to do so under the specified provisions. The process is usually conducted through the postal service and is counted as anonymously and accurately as ballots physically cast on election day.
- Who qualifies for an AV Ballot?
As a registered voter, you qualify for the use of an AV Ballot if you are:
- Age 60 years or older
- Are unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- Are expecting to be absent from your community on election day
- Are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- Are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- Are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
- How do I request an AV Ballot?
You may request an AV Ballot with a pre-printed application form from the Clerk's Office. Requests to have an AV Ballot mailed to you must be received by 2:00 PM on the Saturday prior to the Election. Fenton City Offices are always open from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM on the Saturday before the election, for the sole purpose of administering AV Ballots. No other City Business will be conducted.
- Where do I get an Application for an AV Ballot?
You can request an application from the Clerk's Office in person, or by calling Fenton City Hall and contacting the Clerk's Department. Forms are also available on the State of Michigan's website by clicking on the following link:
- What is the process of voting by AV Ballot?
The process for voting Absentee is as follows:
- Request an AV Ballot Application from the Clerk's Office at the City of Fenton.
- Complete the Application and return it to the Clerk's Department. The Clerk's Department will certify your identity and the validity of the application. If the application is correct and valid, the Clerk will issue you your AV ballot through the mail or you may take it with you and request an AV ballot in person (if requested in person, you will be asked to show photo identification). By law, the Clerk will not allow you to "Pick-up" a ballot for another Absentee Voter. If you bring in an application from another voter, we are obligated to send their ballot to them via the mail. Absentee Voter Ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your City residence.
- After receiving your AV Ballot, you have until 8:00 PM on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the Clerk's Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance with your ballot, the signature of the person assisting you must also be present on the front of the envelope. Only you, your family member, or someone residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed AV Ballot to the Clerk's Office.
- If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an Emergency Absentee Voter Ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular AV ballots has passed but before 4:00 PM on Election Day. Further, the emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular AV Ballot.
- AV Ballots will be available at the City of Fenton for City of Fenton residents only.
To request an absentee ballot application simply email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an application.