Absentee ballots are available for all elections. You may vote Absentee if:
- you are unable to attend the polls without assistance
- you are 60 years of age or older
- you expect to be absent from your city or township for the entire time the polls are open on election day
- you are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial
- you have been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you are registered
- you are unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs
If any of these situations exist, you can obtain an application for an Absentee ballot by contacting the city clerk’s office at 517-264-4866 or 527-264-4833.
The request will be noted and an application will be sent to you. On this application you will need to check the reason you need an Absentee ballot and sign the request. It is very important that you sign the request! Without your signature the application will not be accepted and mailed back to you requesting a signature. This can delay getting the ballot to you.
An Absentee ballot request can also be obtained online at the Michigan Secretary of State’s Website.
It is a PDF file that you can fill out online, print it, sign and put in the mail (you will not be able to save the file.) Also you can print the form and fill in the required information and mail (we cannot accept an application without a birth date or a signature.) A separate Absentee ballot request must be submitted for each election. If you know before the primary that you will be unable to vote in person at the general election, you may request Absentee ballots for both elections at the same time. If you want the ballot mailed, your application must be received by 2:00pm the Saturday before the election. Make your request early to allow for delivery time.
If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you can use a Federal Postcard Application to apply for an Absentee ballot. The FPCA must be signed under oath unless you, your spouse, or your parents are serving in the armed forces or Merchant Marines.
The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases or can also be obtained off of the State of Michigan’s Website at www.michigan.gov. It is a PDF file and you can fill it out online and print it and then sign the form (you will not be able to save the file.) Also you can print the form and fill in the required information (we cannot accept an application without a birth date or a signature.)
It is very important that you sign all applications before mailing. Please mail any Absentee Ballot Request or Federal Application to the City of Adrian, City Clerk, 135 E Maumee St. Adrian, Michigan 49221 or fax it to: 517-264-8016 to the attention of the City Clerk.
A voter eligible to vote by Absentee ballot may also vote in person at the clerk’s office anytime up to 4:30pm the day before the election. All Absentee ballots must be received at the clerk’s office no later than 4:30pm on Election Day.