Vote with an Absentee Ballot
All registered voters in Michigan can vote using an absentee ballot. You don't need an excuse or reason. Voting with an absentee ballot allows you to vote prior to Election Day or by mail without leaving your home. You can also return absentee ballots in person to the City Clerk's Office or to an official drop box.
Absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. If you are returning an absentee ballot within 2 weeks of Election Day, we recommend returning them to the City Clerk's Office or a drop box to avoid any postal delays.
2023 Permanent Absentee Ballot Sign-Up
Are you a resident who tends to be out-of-town on Election Day? Are you frustrated by having to continually reapply for your Absentee Ballot before each election? You may be interested in signing up for the PERMANENT ABSENTEE VOTER BALLOT LIST. Recent changes to Michigan Election Law permits a one-time application to receive your Absentee Ballot for all elections going forward.
Snowbirds & College Students
If you plan to be out of town for a period and need your absentee ballot sent to your temporary address, fill out the online form below and submit to the City Clerk's Office.
Submit an Absent Voter Ballot Application
State law requires voters to complete and sign an Absent Voter Ballot Application before an absentee ballot can be mailed. You can submit the application online using the link below:
Submitting a request using the above link submits the application automatically to the City Clerk's Office. Once we receive your completed application, we will mail out your absentee ballot.
Once you have completed your absentee ballot, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person to the City Clerk's Office. You can also drop voted absentee ballots into one of the three secure drop boxes at Portage City Hall. You cannot return absentee ballots to precinct polling locations.
Verify Your Absentee Ballot Has Been Received
You can check to make sure your ballot was received using the Michigan Voter Information Center. Click the icon for "My Voter Information" and look up your information. The resulting page will confirm if your absentee ballot has been received.
Visit the City Clerk's Office
You can request an absentee ballot in person at the City Clerk's Office located on the first floor of City Hall. Our team will ask you to complete the Absent Voter Ballot Application and can provide an absentee ballot to you while you're in the office.
Absentee ballots cannot be given to anyone other than the voter. You will also be asked to present a valid photo ID before receiving an absentee ballot. You can still vote if you don't have one on you- you'll just have to sign an affidavit stating you are not in possession of photo ID.
Vote Your Absentee Ballot
You can vote your absentee ballot before you leave City Hall if you prefer. Otherwise, complete and return it to the City Clerk's Office or an official drop box before 8 p.m. on Election Day. Absentee ballots cannot be returned to precinct polling locations.