Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If you still need help, you can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (517) 641-6728.
Polls open on Election Day at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. You will be allowed to vote as long as you are in line by 8 p.m.
If you need help in voting, you can request assistance from a poll worker.
You can have anyone assist you to vote except a representative of your union or your employer.
All precincts in Bath Charter Township are handicap accessible.
Every voter will be asked for Photo Identification. If you do not have ID with you when you vote, you will be required to sign an affidavit of voter not in possession of ID.
Yes, if you register to vote in person at your Township or City Clerk’s Office with proof of residency in that township or city.
Voters who register to vote on Election Day have the option of voting an absentee ballot at the Clerk’s Office – or they can receive a receipt and vote at their precinct in person.
Check out the Secretary of State’s Michigan Voter Information Center to see a sample ballot. Be sure to select your correct county, city, and precinct, and check back often to see if there are updates. The website also provides links to more information, including proposal and candidate websites and campaign finance information.
You can check out the League of Women Voters’ online tool, the Vote411 Voter Guide, to see who will be on your ballot.
In order to vote in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:
- You’re a U.S. citizen
- A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote for at least 30 days before election day
- At least 18 years of age (by Election Day)
- Not serving a sentence in jail or prison
Registration is required under Michigan law to be eligible to vote.
Registration in Michigan is considered permanent, so you do not need to re-register for each election. You need to re-register anytime you move and change your address or when you change your name.
Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their City or Township Clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency. Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations:
- Your local Secretary of State branch office
- Your local County, City, or Township Clerk’s Office
- Offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
- Military recruitment centers
- Voter registration drives
- Online at http://www.Michigan.gov/sos
Michigan law states that the same address must be used for voter registration and driver’s license purposes. That means, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver’s license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on this form. If a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver’s license or personal ID card.
If you are temporarily outside the US, you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases, or you can go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information and register online.
A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
No, you cannot register at the polls, but you can register in person at your Township or City Clerk’s Office with proof of residency in that township or city up to and including Election Day. If you choose, you can also vote in the Clerk’s Office. You can also register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail, online, or in person.
If you have moved to another community and registered to vote there, you will need to re-register to vote. If you moved and did not register to vote in that community, you can call the Clerk’s Office at (517) 641-6728 or check your voter registration status by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
You can still vote. You can either vote at the precinct location for your registered address or come to the Clerk’s Office, located at 14480 Webster Road, and register at your new address.
If you move within Bath Charter Township, a change of address should be made with the Clerk’s Office, at a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A voter registration form can be completed at the precinct to register at your new address for the next election.
If you move outside Bath Charter Township, a change of address should be made at your new local Clerk’s Office, a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com.
Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the Clerk’s Office or at the Secretary of State Branch Office. A person changing their name should re-register, but may vote under their former name.
Normally, you cannot vote an absentee ballot on Election Day. However, if an emergency has occurred, such as you have been hospitalized on Election Day, or sickness or death has occurred in your family which will not allow you to go to the polls, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot. You will need to contact our office if this has occurred.
Proposal 3 of 2018 also changed voter registration law so that a voter can register and vote the same day up to and including Election Day. Those voters who need to register to vote on Election Day may do so at our Township Offices. Those voters may also vote an absentee ballot while they are there – or be issued a receipt to go and vote in their precinct.
No, you cannot drop off your absentee ballot at your voting precinct. You must bring your absentee ballot to the Clerk’s Office, or place it in one of the secure drop boxes that are located outside the office, before the polls close.
Yes, in order to do so, you must take your absentee ballot to your voting precinct. The poll worker will then void your ballot, and then you may vote in a normal manner.
Yes, you can register to vote by absentee ballot by calling your local Clerk’s Office (517) 641-6728, or come to the Township Office at 14480 Webster Road, Bath, MI 48808 to obtain an application form to receive an absentee ballot.
An absentee ballot is for people who are registered to vote but are unable to attend the polls on Election Day.
Anybody registered to vote is eligible to vote by absentee ballot. You can register and receive an absentee ballot in the mail, or pick up an absentee ballot at the Clerk’s Office, or vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.
Any registered voter is eligible to receive an absentee ballot.
You can request an absentee ballot up to 75 days before the election. The latest we can mail your ballot will be the Friday before the election. As this date is close to the election, it may be best to come to our office to request and vote your absentee ballot.
You can contact your commanding officer and receive a Federal Post Card Registration and Absentee Ballot (FPCA).
If you are a citizen overseas you can contact your Consulate Office.
You can also go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information on military and overseas voting, along with requesting your ballot.
Yes, we can mail your absentee ballot to your Post Office Box.
No, only an immediate family member, a person residing in the same household, or an assistant of the Clerk may deliver your absentee ballot to the Township Office.
If you spoil your ballot in any way, you can receive another absentee ballot by calling our office at (517) 641-6728 or by coming in person. We will void your old absentee ballot, and then issue you a new one. If you submit your ballot before the election and before 4 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election. We will need a written request.