Upcoming Elections and Deadlines
Regular Elections are typically held on the first Tuesday of May, August, and November.
In some years, one or more of the elections may not occur.
Deadline to register to vote is 30 days prior to a scheduled election (unless your registration is cancelled, there is no need to "re-register")
Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot: absentee ballots can be requested up until the day before the scheduled election. Dalton Township's Clerk's Office is open the Saturday before a scheduled election until 2:00pm in order to receive requests for Absentee Ballots.
What will I see on the ballot for the current election?
~More election information is listed below.~
|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.
A person must be registered 30 days prior to the election they wish to vote in.
If you are unsure of your status, call your local clerk's office.
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.
|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?||Please use this link to view a sample ballot for the upcoming election: Michigan Voter Information Center
The Muskegon County Clerk's page may also have further information: www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk.
|What are the filing deadlines & requirements?||Click here to view the filing deadlines - a document available from the Muskegon Clerk's Office.
Visit www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk 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: www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk
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:
Republican and Democratic Party State and County Chairs can be found here: http://www.co.muskegon.mi.us/clerk/elections/precinctdelegatesinfo.htm
Information updated Feb. 2017.