Scheduled Elections

Scheduled 2020 Elections

  • March 10 - Presidential Primary
  • May 5 -  Local Election**
  • August 4 - State Primary
  • November 3 - General / Presidential Election

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (**with the exception of May 5th - see announcement)

UPDATE: May 5, 2020 Local Election - Mail Only

As of March 27, 2020, under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-28, the May 5th election will be conducted primarily by mail, polling places for precincts are eliminated.

Due to the current COVID-19 health crisis, clerks will not be establishing precinct-based polling places for the May 5 election. Instead, the election will be conducted by mail, with the exception that on Election Day. Portage City Hall will be available to allow voters, including voters with disabilities who are inhibited from voting an absent voter ballot remotely, to receive and submit their ballots.

Please see the Absentee Ballots and Register to Vote pages for more information on the May 5 election.


How do I vote?

The City of Portage uses the DS200 Tabulator and ExpressVote machines from Elections Systems & Software (ES&S). 

This equipment makes the process easy for Portage voters. The DS200 features a large touch screen.  The ExpressVote is an ADA compliant, accessible device that has a detachable tactile navigation keypad with braille and raised/shaped keys, offers ballots in both audio and visual formats, and allows total independence to be maintained by the voter while they cast their ballot. 

The same equipment is used throughout Kalamazoo County. Although some counties use different equipment, paper ballots will continue to be used statewide. 

You can watch the YouTube videos below from ES&S to learn about the voting equipment before Election Day.

https://youtu.be/KH84K8sqhHg
https://youtu.be/gCdFBcF59v0