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Absentee Ballot Information

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION – AUGUST 2, 2016

You are hereby notified that a Primary Election will be held in all voting precincts of this county on Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at which time candidates of the Republican Party and Democratic Party seeking nomination to the following partisan offices are to be voted for in Eaton County:
U.S. Representative in Congress 7th District * State Representative 65th District (City of Eaton Rapids, Townships of Brookfield, Eaton and Hamlin) * State Representative 71st District (balance of Eaton County) * Prosecutor * Sheriff * Clerk and Register of Deeds * Treasurer * Drain Commissioner * County Commissioner * Township Supervisor * Township Clerk * Township Treasurer * Township Trustee * Precinct Delegates * Charter Commission Members (City of Grand Ledge).
This Notice is given pursuant to MCL 168.652

Permanent Absent Voter List
The Delta Township Clerk’s Office maintains a Permanent Absent Voter List. The Permanent Absent Voter List is a list of voters who qualify under state law to vote by absentee ballot. All voters on the Permanent Absent Voter List are automatically sent an absentee ballot application for each election scheduled in Delta Township. However, the application for an absentee ballot must be completed for every election, required by Michigan Election Law in order to have ballot mailed to voter.  To qualify you must be a registered voter at least 30 days prior to election, apply in writing for each election your requesting to vote by absentee ballot and attest to one of the following six reasons:  (1) 60 years of age or more (2) Unable to vote without assistance (3) Expect to be absent from township entire time polls are open  (4) In jail awaiting arraignment or trial (5) Appointed to work as an election inspector in precinct outside of your precinct of residency (6) Unable to attend polls due to religious beliefs.  From this permanent absent voter list, absentee voter applications are mailed out for every election as required by Michigan Election Law. If you would like to be placed on our Permanent Absent Voter List, please print and complete the Permanent Absent Voter List Request form linked below, and mail to:  Delta Township Clerk’s Office, 7710 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917.  Voters are not automatically put on Permanent Absent Voter List when requesting absentee ballot for an election.  Voter who would like to be placed on the permanent absent voter list MUST fill out form requesting to be added to the permanent absent voter list. Voters on list should also keep in mind that any change made with voter registration will require a new form be completed.  The permanent absent voter list is based on address not voter name, therefore any change made will remove the permanent absent voter status and voter must re-apply.

How to Request Absentee Ballot
If you find that you will not be able to vote at the polls on Election Day all voters have the option of voting by absentee ballot.  A request or application must be filed for all elections when voting by absentee ballot.  The process is the same as voting at precinct, the voter must fill out application before receiving a ballot. To request an application the voter can either click the link below for absentee ballot application, complete the application and mail or drop off to the Delta Township Clerk’s Office at 7710 W. Saginaw Highway or voter can call the Clerk’s Office at 323-8500 to request an application be mailed.   Ballots are available 45 days prior to any scheduled election and applications can be submitted 75 days prior to any election. If a voter will be out of town, the ballot can be mailed to an alternate address which should be indicated on their application when applying for a ballot.  This option is great for college students or those voters out of state for months at a time.  BALLOTS CANNOT BE FORWARDED so it is important that we have the correct “mailing address” to mail the ballot.  If your address changes for any reason after you have submitted your application, which may happen with college students especially, contact the Clerk’s Office with your updated mailing address so that your ballot will be delivered without any delay.

Absentee Ballot Facts
Did You Know! You can vote in every election by absentee ballot if you qualify and are eligible?  You must be a registered voter at least 30 days prior to election and you must apply in writing for each election you request to vote absentee and attest to one of the following 6 reasons to vote by absentee ballot:  1) 60 years of age or more  2) unable to vote without assistance  3) expect to be absent from   township entire time polls are open  4) in jail awaiting arraignment or trial  5) appointed to work as an election inspector in precinct outside of  your precinct of residency and 6) unable to attend polls due to religious beliefs. If applying for absentee ballot in person at the Clerk’s Office photo identification is required.  If voter has no photo identification voter will sign an affidavit of voter without photo identification prior to a ballot being issued. Un-voted ballots are only issued to voter when applying in person.

The Clerk’s Office must have a written request on file for every election before an absentee ballot can be issued. Voter may apply by application or send written letter with the following information:  name, residential address, reason requesting absentee ballot, where ballot is to be mailed, date of election and signature of voter.   You can apply by written request, application from your Clerk’s Office, fax, or scanned request transmitted via email. Faxed and emailed requests must show voter’s signature or request cannot be honored. Voter can file application up to 75 days prior to date of election.

If you have filed an application to receive absentee ballot with the clerk’s office a ballot will automatically be mailed when ballots are received (around 45 days prior to election).  If you visit the Clerk’s Office to turn in application(s) or obtain ballot please be aware that we can only issue an un-voted ballot to voter requesting ballot.  Keep this in mind when planning a trip or kids are off to college in another city or state. Under election law the voter must apply for the absentee ballot by signing his/her name to the application and ballot after voting.  Also, under Michigan Election Law power of attorney rights are not permissible in regards to voting. Voter can have help in voting but the application for ballot and the actual ballot must be signed by voter.

Voters can apply for an absentee ballot through the mail up to the Saturday prior to each election.  Absentee ballots can be requested in person at the Clerk’s Office until 4p.m. the Monday prior to each election. If voter requests ballot on Monday prior to the election, the voter must vote the ballot in the clerk’s office; voter is not permitted to leave the clerk’s office with ballot.  If voter requests ballot prior to Monday before election voter can leave with ballot and return by Election Day to be counted.

Upon receipt of absentee ballot request the application must be verified.  The signature appearing on the application is checked against the signature on applicant’s voter registration record and digital signature on file to verify applicant identity. If the signatures on file compared to application request do not match a letter will be sent to voter to request an updated signature and verify the applicant is applying for absentee ballot.

A request for absentee ballots is processed within 24 hours of receiving application, once ballots are received at the clerk’s office (approximately 45 days prior to election). Voters have approximately 6 weeks in which absentee ballots are available for voting during regular business hours of Monday – Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m., up until Monday prior to election. Voters may receive ballot through mail at residence, hospital, nursing home etc. within jurisdiction or at post office box if voter normally receives mail there.  Voter can also receive ballot at address out of state or country if provided on application.  If absentee voter receives assistance in voting their ballot, the individual who provided assistance must sign certificate that appears on outside of ballot return envelope.

Absentee ballots are returned to the Clerk’s Office by mail in envelope provided by Clerk’s office or in person. Voter must return ballot by 8 p.m. Election Day for ballot to be counted.  If ballot is returned in envelope with a household member ballot it cannot be verified with application on file and will be invalidated.  Absent Voter Ballots are not counted until Election Day and are kept in secure locked area when returned by voter until Election Day.  It is important if voter makes mistake on ballot while voting at home to contact the Clerk’s Office in person or by phone to have ballot replaced. Don’t place note inside ballot as Township Clerk or staff do not open or process absentee ballots. Registered voters within State of Michigan, Township or County are appointed to our Absent Voter Counting Board in which ballots are processed and counted on Election Day.

Election inspectors at precincts and Absent Voter Counting Board are made up of State of Michigan, Township or County registered voters and are appointed by the Election Commission of Delta Township.  The Election Commission for Delta Township is made up of elected Township Board members and appointed by the Supervisor.  The Election Commission for Delta Township is comprised of the following members:  Mary Clark, Township Clerk, Doug Kosinski, Township Trustee and Jeff Hicks Township Trustee.

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