Scheduled 2018 Elections
August 7 - Primary Election
November 6 - General Election
Register to Vote
To register to vote you must be:
To check if you are registered, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center
- a U.S. citizen;
- at least 18 years of age by election day, and
- a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to vote.
Voter registrations must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of the election. You may register to vote at the Office of the City Clerk or any Michigan Secretary of State Branch Office. You may also register to vote by mail and can download an application. Please note that a voter who registers to vote by mail must vote in person unless he or she is 60 years of age or older or has a recognized disability.
Precinct and Ballot Information
The City of Portage is divided into 19 voting precincts. To find out where you vote, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. This website will provide a map of polling locations, a listing of candidates and ballot proposals specific to your precinct and a calendar of important election dates.
You are eligible to receive an absentee ballot if any of the following apply:
- You are 60 years of age or older
- 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
- Confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- Appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than the precinct in which you reside
To request an absentee ballot for any election, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511 or send an e-mail 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 South Westnedge Avenue, Portage, MI 49002. You may also download an application.
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 $.60 postage on the envelope.
The Office of the City Clerk is open the Saturday before each election from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the convenience of those wishing to vote via absentee ballot.
Permanent Absentee Voter
The City of Portage maintains a permanent list of absentee voters for those interested voters who are over the age of 60 or permanently disabled. Members of the permanent list automatically receive an absentee ballot application that must be completed and returned prior to 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before an election. To join the permanent list please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511.
The City of Portage is always looking for those interested in working elections. To learn more about becoming pollworkers please contact the Department of Human Resources at (269) 329-4533. Pollworkers are paid $120 per day, assistant precinct chairs are paid $130 and precinct chairs are paid $145/day. Training is available and pollworkers receive $15 per training session.