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Plan to Vote in November? Register by Oct. 9

Voters may register or pick up an absent voter ballot application at city hall.

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election is just around the corner. 

Local residents have until Oct. 9 to register to vote at the Shelby Township Municipal Hall or the Utica City Hall, any Secretary of State office or by mail. In order to vote, you must:

  • be 18 years or older on or before election day
  • be a citizen of the U.S.
  • have lived in Michigan for at least 30 days
  • be registered on or before the close of registration

Those who aren't able to go to the polls on election day may cast an absentee ballot. An absentee ballot application can be picked up at city hall. 

If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. These dates are also important to absentee voters:

  • Nov. 3, 2 p.m.: Deadline to submit absentee application ballot by mail
  • Nov. 5, 4 p.m.: Deadline to obtain an absentee ballot in person at clerk's office
  • Nov. 6, 4 p.m.: Emergency absentee ballot can be obtained in person at clerk's office (note: deputy clerk says "lack of preperation" does not consitute as emergency)

Additional information is available at the Shelby Township and Utica websites. 

Ann Lang September 17, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Patch, please clarify something. It has always been that applications for an absentee ballot have been sent through the mail, however, this article states one must pick up an application for absentee voting at city hall. Is this a new procedure that the residents, who rely on receiving the mailed registration applications, must be made aware of? Or, are the applications in fact going to be mailed to those already on the previous mailing list?
Marina Cracchiolo September 17, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Hi Amy, I just called the Shelby clerk and verified. If you're on a permanent absentee ballot mailing list, you will automatically receive an application for the absentee ballot in the mail. Once that is returned with your signature, your ballot will be sent by mail.

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