Absent Voter Ballot Application
Photo ID Requirement
Residents who wish to obtain an absentee ballot in person, please see photo ID requirement below:
As a result of legislation enacted in 2012 (PA 523 of 2012), voters who obtain an absent voter ballot in person are also required to comply with the picture identification requirement. If a voter is not in possession of picture ID, they may sign the same Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification form that is used in the polls on Election Day. AV ballots from voters that obtain a ballot in person and do not provide picture identification and sign the affidavit form must be processed as a challenged ballot on Election Day.
Use of a Signature Stamp
Public Act 79 of 2014 amends the Michigan Election Law to permit a physically disabled voter who is unable to sign his or her name due to the physical disability to use a signature stamp on a voter registration application or an election document. Current law only permits the voter to make his or her mark on the aforementioned documents. The new Act further defines that an election document includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: a voter application; an absent voter ballot application; an emergency absent voter ballot application; and an absent voter ballot return envelope.
Use the link to the right to download an Absent Voter Ballot Application. Or contact the City Clerk's office for an application at 248-347-0456 or email. After completely filling out an absent voter ballot application, only the requestor may sign the application. Election law does not allow for anyone other than the registered voter to sign. Your signature must appear on the application or you will not receive an absent voter ballot.
Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center www.Michigan.gov/Vote
Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot
Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and submitted to your City Clerk. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. You can deliver the completed and signed application by one of the following methods:
- Place in City of Novi payment drop box, or
- Scan and email to the Elections email ID, or
- Mail the application after affixing the necessary postage, or
- Fax the completed application to 248-347-0577, or
- Place in the blue box inside the Atrium of the Civic Center once the building re-opens, or
- Any member of the immediate family of the voter may mail or deliver the application to the office of the City Clerk, or
- In the event an applicant cannot return the application in any of the above methods, the applicant may select any registered elector to return the application. The person returning the application must sign and return a Certificate of Authorized Registered Elector Returning Absentee Ballot Application on the back of the Absentee ballot application.
Once your request is received by the City Clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8:00pm on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the Clerk's Office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4:00pm on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Please contact your City Clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.