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Elections

Frequently Asked Questions

Registering To Vote

What makes a person eligible to vote?

You are qualified to vote if:

How is residence determined?

What is the "Close of Registration"?

The last day to register before an election occurs at 5 p.m. on the 30th day preceding the election.

Do I need to declare a party preference when I register?

No

Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?

Yes

How can I register to vote?

You can register at any of the following offices:

As soon as your local City or Township Clerk accepts the registration, you are officially registered to vote. Your voter identification card should arrive in the mail within three weeks.

Kent County Clerk, Election's Department
300 Monroe Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Note: You must mail the hard copy with your original signature to the Clerk. Also, when filing a mail-in registration, you must vote in person the first time. You may not receive an Absent Voter Ballot until you have done so.

Will I ever need to re-register?

Voting Procedures

How do I know where I am supposed to vote?

Absentee Voting

What happens if I am unable to attend the polls?

You may apply for an Absent Voter Ballot if any of the following conditions exist: Conditions

Where can I get a ballot?

The only place you can obtain an Absentee Ballot is from the City, Township or Village where you are registered.

You may apply for an Absent Voter Ballot in one of the following ways: How to apply

When is the deadline to get an absentee Ballot?

The deadline to apply to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 2:00 PM on the Saturday prior to the election. After this, you may vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office up until 4:00 PM on the day before the election.

Note: NO ABSENT VOTER BALLOTS WILL BE SUPPLIED THROUGH A TELEPHONE REQUEST. THEY MUST BE REQUESTED IN WRITING!

Can I find out if I am registered to vote?

Registration records are currently held by the City, Township and Village Clerks.

Who represents me?

Your Representation

What if I am in the Military?

Voting in the military

Election Resources

Contact Us

Elections

County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2288

Monday-Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

(616) 632-7650

(616) 632-7655

Mary Hollinrake
County Clerk/Register
mary.hollinrake@kentcountymi.gov

Susan deSteiguer
Elections Director
susan.desteiguer@kentcountymi.gov

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