Absent Voter Ballots

To Request a Ballot

To request an Absent Voter ballot for any election, you can download an application. A completed application or handwritten request accompanied by an original signature is necessary before a ballot can be issued.  

A ballot can only be provided to the actual voter.  A voter may not pick up a ballot for anyone other than himself/herself.  Note: Power of Attorney does not apply for elections, signing or otherwise.

NEW in 2020! You can now apply online via the Michigan Secretary of State website.

Completed absentee applications can be returned by any of the following:

7900 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49002

  • Dropped off at Portage City Hall via the outside drop boxes

Completed absentee ballots can be returned via postal mail or to one of the City Hall drop boxes.

New AV Envelopes

Contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511 or send an email for additional assistance.

Military & Overseas Citizens

The State of Michigan allows military and overseas citizens to vote using their last known registered address. Members of the military may contact their commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot Application (FPCA). If you are a citizen overseas assistance is available from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.