To register to vote 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 to vote through the Secretary of State's Office online at:

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 also register by mail, but there are some special requirements for first time voters who do so.   If you have never voted in Michigan and choose to submit the voter registration form by mail, you must meet the federal identification requirement, as explained below.

To comply with the identification requirement, you must: 

(1) accurately enter your state issued driver license number or personal ID card number where requested on this form. 

or (2) send one of the following forms of identification when mailing this form to your county, city or township clerk: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver license or personal ID card) or a COPY of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or a government document which lists your name and address. 


If you are subject to this requirement and do not provide the information identified above, an acceptable form of identification must be provided before you vote in the first election in which you wish to participate.

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.


Elections are administered by the Southfield Township Clerk's Office. 

Be sure you are registered.

Locate your polling place by identifying the precinct you live in and checking with the Township Clerk's Office.

Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.

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

Vote using the equipment and instructions provided at the polling place.


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 voter ballots are available to registered voters for all elections.  They provide a convenient method for casting a ballot when a voter is unable to make it to the polling location on election day.

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.

More information about absentee voting can be found on the Secretary of State's website at