Absentee Ballots

Eligibility Requirements

You are eligible to receive an absentee ballot if any of the following apply:

  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • Appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which you reside
  • Confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • Expect to be absent from the community the entire time polls are open on election day
  • Physically unable to attend the polls without assistance from another
  • Unable to attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion

Request a Ballot

To request an absentee ballot for any election, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 269-329-4511 or send an email requesting an absentee ballot application to the Office of the City Clerk. Completed absentee ballot applications can mailed or dropped off to the Office of the City Clerk at:

7900 S Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49002

Instructions & Recommendations

You may also download an absentee voter ballot application (PDF). A completed application or written request accompanied by an original signature is necessary before a ballot can be issued. Absentee ballots may also be picked up at the Office of the City Clerk. 

Note: Ballots cannot be given out to anyone other than the voter. Prior to returning the ballot, make sure that you have signed the outside envelope; and, if mailing the ballot, place at least $0.60 postage on the envelope.