Absent Voter Ballots

UPDATE! May 5th Election via mail only

As of March 27, 2020, under Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-28, the May 5, 2020 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, 2020 election. Instead, the election will be conducted by mail, with the exception that on Election Day, voters, including voters with disabilities who are inhibited from voting an absent voter ballot remotely, can visit Portage City Hall on May 5 to receive and submit ballots.

  • Under the Governor’s executive order, every eligible voter is to receive an Absentee Voter (AV) ballot application with postage prepaid, and AV ballot return envelopes will have prepaid postage.
  • All in-person interaction, including voter registration, in-person ballot pick up/drop off, and ballot processing is to be conducted in adherence to the restrictions which limit the number of people gathered in any one place and require people to stand at least 6 feet apart.

All of these changes are for the May 5, 2020 Election only.
The order expires on May 5, 2020.

New AV Envelopes


Request a Ballot

To request an AV ballot for any election, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511 or send an email requesting an absent voter application to the Office of the City Clerk. 

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.

Completed absentee ballot applications can be mailed or dropped off to the Office of the City Clerk at:

7900 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, MI 49002

Instructions & Recommendations

You may also download an AV application (see link at right). A completed application or written request accompanied by an original signature is necessary before a ballot can be issued.