Election Day Voting

Precincts

The City of Portage is split into 19 precincts, each with its own polling location.  All voters are assigned a voting precinct when they register.  This location can be found on your voter identification card.  

Polls are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. for every election.

The Michigan Voter Information Center is a great resource for all voters. You can easily find your precinct, polling location, early voting sites, drop boxes, and much more. 

Step 1) Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.MVIC

Step 2) Search for Your Voter Information.  

  • On the home page, click the "Where is my polling place?" link under the Your Voter Information heading. This is under the first green box with the person icon in it.  
  • Enter your first name, last name, birth month, birth year, zip code, and then search.

Step 3) Review Your Information - The search results will show your clerk, precinct, polling location, etc.

How do I vote?

The State of Michigan uses paper ballots to record voter selections.  There are 3 types of approved election equipment in the State of Michigan - 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 tabulator features a large touchscreen and accepts printed ballots, as well as ExpressVote ballots. The ExpressVote is an ADA-compliant, accessible device with a detachable tactile navigation keypad including 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.  Any voter can use the ExpressVote.

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.

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