Election Information


2020 Election Dates


  • Presidential Primary, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - Closed Primary
  • Special Election, May 5, 2020 - WSD Bond Question Postponed Due to COVID-19
  • August Primary, Tuesday, August 4, 2020  - Open Primary
  • November General

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020

If You Want to Vote In Person, all Polling Locations Will be Open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.



​​Spoiled Absentee Ballots

Voters need to submit an

absent voter ballot affidavit,

to spoil a ballot. Voters have the right to sp
oil a ballot under most circumstances and that requests for new ballots must always including the voter’s signature and must be submitted in writing.  The following are the voter’s options:

Voter VOTED and RETURNED their ballot and requests to spoil it and receive a new one:
  • May request a new ballot be mailed until 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election
  • May request a new ballot in person until 10:00 a.m. on the Monday prior to the election
  • No option on election day to spoil the ballot that has been received by Clerk
Voter lost or never received AV Ballot:
  • May request a new ballot be mailed until 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to the election
  • May request a new ballot in person until 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election
  • May vote in person on election day by completing Affidavit of Lost or Destroyed Absent Voter Ballot
Voter received AV Ballot and requests to spoil it and receive a new one
  • May request a new ballot be mailed until 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to the election
  • May request a new ballot in person until 4:00 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election
  • May vote in person on election day by completing Affidavit of Lost or Destroyed Absent Voter Ballot

Permanent Absent Voter's List

With the recent passage of Proposal 3 in the November 2018 General Election, registered voters can now request an absentee ballot without providing a reason.  Under Michigan election law, you are eligible to be placed on the Permanent Absent Voter List.

Benefits of being on the Permanent Absent Voter List:
  • You will automatically receive an absent voter ballot application for every election.
  • If you choose to return the application, we will send you a ballot as soon as they arrive in our office.
  • You will avoid potentially long lines at the polls.
To be included on the Permanent Absent Voter's List contact the Clerk's office at 248-674-6266. This will enable the Clerk's office to mail you an application for an absent voter's ballot before each election. Remember, you must complete an application before we are able to mail your ballot.


Application for Election Worker


The Waterford Clerk's Office is accepting applications for Poll Workers. Fill out an Election Inspector Application (PDF).  Election workers pay starts at $175.00 plus additional pay for training.


Absent Voter Ballot Applications


An absent voter's ballot application must be completed before an absent voter's ballot may be issued.  Contact the Clerk's office via e-mail or call 248-674-6266 to request an absent voter's ballot application.

The persons who may be in lawful possession of a signed absentee ballot request are limited to 1) the applicant
2) a member of the applicant’s immediate family
3) a person residing in the applicant’s household
4) a person whose job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment)
5) a registered elector asked to handle the application by the applicant
6) an authorized election official. 

A violation is a misdemeanor.

A registered elector who returns an AV ballot application at the request of the applicant must sign the Certificate of Authorized Registered Elector Returning Absentee Ballot Application portion of the application.

Ballot Marking Instructions

 

Click here for Updated Ballot Marking Instructions PDF.  

Returning Absent Voter's Ballot

The persons who may return an absentee ballot are limited to:

1) the voter
2) a member of the voter’s immediate family who has been asked to return the ballot
3) a person residing in the voter’s household who has been asked to return the ballot
4) a person whose job normally includes the handling of mail (but only during the course of his or her employment)
5) an authorized election official.

A violation is a felony.

Vacation Alert


Please note that election mail will not be forwarded. If you will be away from your Michigan address contact the Clerk's office (248-674-6266 or e-mail) to have an application mailed directly to you.