Absentee Voting

Absentee voting is available to registered voters who qualify for an absentee ballot under Michigan law.   The City of Ithaca also maintains a permanent absentee voting list for voters who qualify and would like the application automatically mailed to them for each election. 
To obtain an absentee ballot, contact the City Clerk or Deputy Clerk to file an application.  Applications are also available online at http://michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf
Voters in need of an absentee ballot request one by doing the following:

Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and submitted to your city clerk. Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons for requesting to vote absentee and your signature. You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing the application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the City Clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

Once your request is received your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city residence.
Absentee ballots may also be obtained by making application in person at the Ithaca City Hall.  Photo identification or a signed affidavit of identity is required to obtain a ballot. 
The Ithaca City Hall is open on the Saturday prior to any election from the hours of 10am -2pm for absentee ballot requests.   Voters needing to obtain an absentee ballot on the Monday before the election, must do so in person at Ithaca City Hall between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. 
For further information contact clerk@ithacami.com  or call 989-875-3200.


Register to Vote


Are You a Registerd Voter for the City of Ithaca? 

You can register to vote at City Hall, the Gratiot County Clerk's office or at any Secretary of State office or State online system. You must be a citizen of the United States, 18 years or older, and your permanent address must be in the City of Ithaca.  Persons who are 17 years of age and will turn 18 between the last day to register to vote and Election day, may register to vote in the election, but must do so prior to the close of the last day to register.

Voters who find it difficult to attend the polls, may vote by absentee or request to be placed on the permanent absentee list.  Reasons for requesting to vote by absentee ballot:
 1) You are 60 years of age or older.
 2) You expect to be absent from the City of Ithaca for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
 3) You are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
 4) You cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of your religion.
 5) You have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside.
 6) You are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial. 
 Placing yourself on the permanent absentee list will ensure that an absentee ballot application will be sent to you for each election.
It is then your choice to file it or vote at the polls.
Please contact the City Clerk at 875-3200 or clerk@ithacami.com for more information. 


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