Absentee Voting

Requirements of Absentee Voters


Prior to each election, voters may choose to receive their ballot early and vote prior to election day.  You must fill out an application prior to each election before we can send out your ballot. It’s a simple form that requires little time.  You may download the application form, fill it out and then fax it to 616.940.4884 or email it to our offices.


How to Absentee Vote


There are two ways to vote absentee:

At City Hall

Stop by during business hours and we will issue your ballot to you at that time (if they are available). You can vote in the office or take your ballot home to look over and return when finished. 

The exception to this rule is that absentee voters must complete their ballots in the office the day immediately prior to an election. The ballot must be requested in person and cannot be taken home.

By Mail

Absentee ballot applications downloaded from our website must be sent back to our office:
  • Mail using address on the right
  • Fax to 616-940-4884
  • Scan and email

Once we receive your application, we will mail the ballot to the address specified as soon as possible.

Automatic Application List


The city maintains a database of those who wish to receive an absentee ballot application automatically before each election. You must still complete and return the application to receive a ballot, but we will automatically send the application to you approximately 60 days before each election.

If you are interested in receiving an application automatically prior to each election, please contact the elections administrator at 616-949-2110.

More Information


Questions can be directed to the elections administrator at 616-949-2110.