Elections & Voting
|Election Date||Election Type||Sample Ballot Link|
|February 27, 2024||Presidential Primary||TBA|
|August 6, 2024||State Primary||TBA|
|November 5, 2024||General / Presidential||TBA|
November 5, 2024 Election
Portage District Library Board and Portage Public School Board
Filing Location: Portage City Hall, 7900 South Westnedge Ave, Portage, MI 49002
- Affidavit of Identity
- Nominating Petition - or - $100 nonrefundable fee filed in lieu of a petition.
All dates are taken from state guidelines. Candidates must be registered electors of the City. The City Clerk has five business days to determine the sufficiency of petition signatures. Candidates will be notified if they do not have the required minimum of valid signatures. If the filing deadline has not passed, candidates may submit more signatures to make up the deficiency.
Election-related questions should be directed to the City Clerk at (269) 329-4511. Questions about library or school operations should be directed to the respective organizations.
The approval of Proposal 22-2 by voters in November 2022 added several new election policies to the Michigan Constitution.
This will impact how elections are administered going forward.
Stay Tuned for Updates!
- May 2023: Pre-paid return postage included on absentee ballot applications and absentee ballot envelopes.
- November 2023: Implementation of Permanent BALLOT (not application) List.
- January 2024: Two new secure and state-funded election drop boxes installed at Fire Stations 2 and 3. Plus, the replacement of the main drop box at City Hall with matching box.
- February 2024: Early Voting - will begin two Saturdays before a State or Federal Election and will run for 9 consecutive days and be open 8 hours each of those days. Learn more about Early Voting!
How do I vote?
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.