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Upcoming Election Dates


The following dates are Registration Deadlines for each Tentatively Scheduled Election for the State of Michigan.  Dates/information will be added as it becomes known.

 Election  Election Date  Registration Deadline  Absentee Ballot Deadlines

Presidential Primary Election

March 8th, 2016

February 8th, 2016

*To have ballot mailed to you, requests must be received no later than 3/5/2016 at 2pm (the Clerk's Office will be open on the 5th from 9am to 2pm)
*After 3/5/2016, all absentee ballots must be voted at the Township Hall.

State Primary Election

August 2nd, 2016

July 5th, 2016

*To have ballot mailed to you, requests must be received no later than 7/30/2016 at 2pm (the Clerk's Office will be open on the 31st from 9am to 2pm)
*After 7/30/2016, all absentee ballots must be voted at the Township Hall.
 State General Election  November 8th, 2016  October 11th, 2016  *To have ballot mailed to you, requests must be recieved no later than 11/5/2016 at 2pm (the Clerk's Office will be open on the 5th from 9am to 2pm)
*After 11/5/2016, all absentee ballots must be voted at the Township Hall.

The Precinct you are registered to vote in on the above registration deadline(s) is the precinct you will be able to vote in on the corresponding election(s).
Absentee Ballot Deadlines:  The first date listed is the last date a ballot can be requested by mail.  The second date listed is the last date and time an absentee ballot can be requested in person without being required to complete the ballot at the Township Hall.

More election information, including items on the ballot, and FAQs can be found below.
~updated 1/21/2016

What will I see on the ballot for the current election?

Click here to view information published by the State regarding common Questions for the 2016 Presidential Primary Election.  Information is provided regarding the recent elimination of "straight ticket voting" and how this election, a closed primary, is not considered "straight-ticket."

The Official Michigan Primary Candidate List can be found on the Secretary of State's website, here.  Keep in mind this list is for the entire State of Michigan; the ballot you see for an election may differ from what another person will see.  The items listed on your ballot are based on the issues/offices that affect the County, Township/City/Village, and Precinct you live in.

The following is a link to the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center.  Here you will need to enter information about yourself (name, birth date, and zip code or drivers license number and birth date), you will then see a sample ballot for the upcoming election.  Also listed on the page is your voting place and Clerk's information.

What will your ballot look like for the upcoming election?  Go to this website:

Feel free to share this resource with your fellow voters as, again, your sample ballot may differ from another persons.

~More election information is listed below.~


*click a link below to find your election question answers*

Dalton Township Clerk: MaryAnn Wallace    231-332-6703

Click here to view the Dalton Township Precint Map (shows voting locations for each precinct)

Where do I vote? Can I vote, what are the qualifications?
Which offices will be elected? How do I get an Absentee Voter Ballot?
What are the filing deadlines & requirements for running for a position? What is the Board of Canvassers?
What is a precinct and who is a  Precinct Delegate? Can I be a precinct Inspector?
If I have questions, who should I call?


Where do I vote? Each voter must vote in the polling place designated to serve the precinct in which they reside. This location is indicated on your voter identification card, on the Michigan Voter Information Center, or can be obtained by contacting your clerk.
When can I vote? The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m.
Anyone still remaining in line at 8:00 p.m. is eligible to vote.
Are you a registered voter?

How do I register to vote?

Where do I register to vote?

 Only registered voters may vote.
 Each election has a designated registration deadline (see above).  If you are not registered you may not vote in that election.   If you're not sure, call your local clerk's office.    
Dalton Township Clerk (231) 332-6703

You must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of Michigan and the city/township where you are applying to register for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Register to vote at your local City Clerk, Township Clerk, County Clerk, or Secretary of State Office during regular business hours.

Download your voter registration form here. 
Please send completed form to:
Dalton Township Clerk
1616 East Riley Thompson Rd
Muskegon, MI 49445

Michigan law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver license purposes. Therefore, if the residence address you provide on the voter registration form differs from the address shown on a driver license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver license or personal identification card address to match the residence address entered on the voter registration form. If an address change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver license or personal identification card.
 Absent Voter Ballots  You are eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot IF...
   *you are 60 or older, 
   *physically unable to attend the polls,
   *unable to attend the polls,
   *appointed as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than your own,
   *are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial,
   *or expect to be absent from the community on election day.

To receive an absentee ballot, contact your local clerk for an application.
Dalton Township Clerk:  231-332-6703
 Which offices are being elected this year? Scroll to the top of this page where current election information, when known, is posted.

The Muskegon County Clerk's page may also have further information:
 What are the filing deadlines & requirements? Click here to view the filing deadlines - a document available from the Muskegon Clerk's Office.

Visit for more information.
 What is the Board of Canvassers?

 Who is on the Muskegon County Board of Canvassers?

 What does the Musk. Co. Board of Canvassers do?
 This board completes canvas and certification of primaries and elections, conducts recounts, and inspects ballot containers.

The board is bipartisan, per state requirements.  This means membership is made up of both political parties and recommendations for appointment comes from the Party Chairperson.

Term length is four years.  Current members of the Muskegon County Board of Canvassers are listed here:

The Muskegon County Board of Canvassers certify state and federal election results, from the county.  After certification the Board sends the results to the State Board of Canvassers for approval.
 What is a precinct?

 Who is/can be a Precinct Delegate?
 A precinct is the smallest political unit in the country.  All voters in a precinct vote at one location.

A precinct delegate is elected by the voters of the precinct and serve as a bridge between voters and the Democratic or Republican Party.  Delegates represent the precinct at the Democratic or Republican meetings.
 Who are Precinct Inspectors?

When can I apply?
Precinct inspectors are paid to work at the polls on Election Day.
Registered voters interested must submit an election inspector application to their local clerk.
Applicants must include their name, address, date of birth, and political party preference.

Contact your local clerk beginning early June.  All Precinct inspectors must complete training prior to serving at the polls.  Trained inspectors are eligible to work anywhere in the county.
 Who is my local Clerk?

Local Political Party Contacts:
 Dalton Township  231-332-6703 
 Blue Lake Township 231-894-6335 
 Cedar Creek Township 231-821-0014 
 Egelston Township 231-788-2308 ext. 16 
 Fruitland Township 231-766-3208 
 Holton Township 231-821-2168 
 Laketon Township 231-744-2454 
 Muskegon Charter Township 231-777-2555 ext. 312 

Republican and Democratic Party State and County Chairs can be found here:

Information updated Feb. 2017.

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