Voting

To be eligible to vote, you must register at least 30 days before the election in which you wish to vote.

To register you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by election day
  • A resident of the township where you are applying to vote
You can register by appearing in person at:
  • Any Secretary of State branch office.
  • Beverly Hills residents can register at Southfield Township Offices next to the Village Offices on 13 Mile Road west of Southfield.
  • Your county clerk's office.
  • Any Family Independence Agency (FIA) office.
  • Specified agencies providing services through the FIA, Department of Community Health or Michigan Jobs Commission that offers voter registration services to their clients.

You can register by mail, but you must vote in person in the first election following registration.

If you move within your village or township, or change your name, you should immediately notify the clerk of your village or township of residence.

If you move to another city or township, you must re-register.

VOTING PROCEDURE

Be sure you are registered

Locate your polling place by identifying the precinct you live in and checking with the village or townships clerk's office.

Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on election day

Present your voter registration card, which will be checked against the list of registered voters for the precinct.

Vote using the equipment and instructions provided at the polling place

REQUESTING ASSISTANCE

You may request assistance from the precinct board without stating a reason. If you are blind, disabled or unable to read or write, you may ask anyone (except your employer or union or any of their agents) to give you assistance

ABSENTEE VOTING

You may apply for an absentee ballot if:

  • You are a registered voter
  • You are 60 years of age or older
  • You expect to be absent from the community in which you are a registered to vote during the entire time polling place are open on election day
  • You are unable to go to the polls and vote without assistance
  • You have been appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than the one in which you reside
  • You are confined in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.

You can obtain an absentee ballot by writing to the Southfield Township Clerk or appearing in person at the Township Office with the following information:

  • Your name
  • The date of the election
  • The address where you are registered to vote the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot
  • The address where you wish to receive your ballot (must be a bona fide residential address)
  • Your signature and the date of your request

If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Make your request early to allow for delivery time.

A voter eligible to vote by absent voter ballot may also vote in person at the clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. the day before the election.

Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on the date of the election.