Elections & Voter Registration

2020 Elections

Unofficial August 4, 2020 Election Results (link to Clinton County Clerk - Unofficial Results)

Submit an online application for a November absent voter ballot:  www.michigan.gov/vote 

IF YOU SUBMIT YOUR ABSENT VOTER APPLICATION BY EMAIL:

  • Attach the application as a pdf or jpg attachment. DO NOT submit it within the body of the email. 
  • Ensure the image is properly-oriented (vertically, not horizontally) and sized.
  • Make sure the image is clear.  We must be able to verify the signature.
  • Include text within the subject line, such as "absent voter application."  A blank subject line increase the likelihood that the message will be captured by security software and will not be seen.

Our office will contact you if we are unable to use your emailed application as submitted so that you can resend it.

Our office expects to begin mailing out November ballots to voters who have applied for one towards the end of September.  You must submit an absent voter ballot application in order to receive a ballot.  Not sure if you have already submitted an absent voter application for November?  Check to see if our office has received a November absent voter ballot application for you here:  www.michigan.gov/vote 

NOTE:  Various third-party groups will be sending out absent voter ballot applications to Michigan voters.  You may receive one of these even if you have already submitted an application.  Voters only need to submit one absent voter ballot application (any one) in order to receive a ballot for November.  Use the link above to see if we have already received your absent voter ballot application for November.

I received an absent voter ballot application for an individual who is deceased or no longer lives at this address.  What should I do? 

Voter ID Requirement in Effect

The Voter Identification Requirement is in effect for those casting a ballot in person on Election Day and for those who pick up their absentee voter ballot in person.  Please read the Notice to Voters from the State Bureau of Elections for more information, including acceptable forms of identification. An affidavit can be completed for voters not in possession of picture identification.

Registration Information

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day, not serving a sentence in jail or prison, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are registering to vote for at least 30 days before Election Day.  For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State website, or contact the Township Clerk's Office.

Registering to vote 15 or more days before an election?  Register at these locations:

  • online through the Michigan Voter Information Center
  • any Secretary of State branch office    
  • a designated state agency
  • by mail (must be postmarked or delivered no later than 15 days before Election Day)
  • Watertown Township Clerk's Office

Registering to vote 14 or fewer days before an election, including Election Day?  Register in person at the Watertown Township Clerk's Office (residency verification required).  Voters who register at the Township Clerk's Office on Election Day can receive a ballot and vote that day.  

Absentee Voting Information

All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may request an absent voter ballot without declaring a reason.  To vote by absent voter ballot, law requires the voter must first return a completed absent voter ballot application to the township for each election.  Once a completed application is returned, a ballot is mailed to the voter at their registered home address.  If you would like to receive your ballot at another address, you must include that information on the application.  Absentee ballots will not be forwarded by the USPS. 

Voters can track the status of their absent voter application and ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Note:  Voters returning their application after 5pm the Friday before an election should do so in person at the Township Clerk's Office; a ballot will be issued to you in person up until 4pm the Monday before the election.

All absent voter ballots are processed on Election Day by the election inspectors and tabulated in the same machines used for ballots of in-person voters.  Absent voter ballots must be signed and received by 8pm on Election Day.

Automatic Application List

The township maintains an Automatic Application List (also known as a permanent absent voter list) of individuals who are automatically mailed an application prior to each election.  You can add your name to the list online through the Michigan Voter Information Center or by returning a completed request form to us.         

Military and Overseas Voters

Members of the military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote or request an absentee voter ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application.  Use of this form assists us in making sure these voters receive absentee voting materials in a timely manner.  The application is valid for one calendar year. 

Election Inspector

Watertown Township depends on trained election inspectors to successfully conduct every election. These are paid positions. If you are interested in becoming an election inspector, please complete the Election Inspector Application.  If you have questions about becoming an election worker, please contact the Township Clerk’s office.

Links

For information regarding the security of the voting system and tabulator equipment utilized by Watertown Township.

Federal Voting Assistance Program  
Voting assistance for uniformed service members, their families, and citizens living outside the U.S.

Michigan Voter Information Center    

Michigan Secretary of State   

Frequently Asked Questions 

Contact

Deb Adams
Township Clerk
Email Deb

Christy Sochay
Deputy Clerk
Email Christy

12803 S. Wacousta Road
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
Phone: (517) 626-6593 x201
Fax: (517) 626-6405

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