PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the City Clerk will convene the Absent Voter Counting Board (AVCB) on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00 AM for the purpose of early tabulation of absent voter ballot return envelopes received for the February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary Election. The Absent Voter Counting Board will consist of 22 Election Inspectors, and will convene at the Novi Civic Center, 45175 Ten Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375

As of 2/16/2024, there are 29 Election Inspectors on the AVCB.

This notice is posted as required by MCL168.765a amended.

Unofficial Election Results

Visit the Oakland County website to view the unofficial election results, as they become available. 

2024 Election Dates

February 27, 2024 – Presidential Primary Election

May 7, 2024 - Special Election for voters in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District (Precincts 8-13)

August 6, 2024 – Primary Election

November 5, 2024 – Presidential Election

Upcoming Elections

February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary Election 


Michigan Election Law guides the conduct of the Presidential Primary and requires voters to indicate in writing which political party ballot they wish to vote.  This requirement only applies to Presidential Primary election, and voters will not be required to select a political party ballot type for any other type of election. There is no political party registration requirement in Michigan Election Law. 
You must make your ballot selection in writing by completing the Ballot Selection Form (if on the Permanent Ballot List) or checking the appropriate box on the Absent Voter Ballot Application:
 Ballot Selection Form
 Absent Voter Ballot Application

Important Dates to Remember:
Thursday, January 18
th – Absent Voter ballots will be available in-person at the City Clerk’s Office. First mailing of Absent Voter ballots to voters who have already submitted an application or are on the Permanent Ballot List.
Monday, February 12
th - Last day to register to vote in any matter other than in-person at your local Clerk’s Office.
Tuesday, February 13
th through Tuesday, February 27th until 8:00pm - A person may register to vote in-person at their local Clerk’s Office with proof of residency.
Saturday, February 17
th through Sunday, February 25th - Early In-Person Voting available at the Novi Civic Center (45175 W. 10 Mile Rd.) from 8:30am-4:30pm, except Thursday, February 22nd when hours are Noon-8:00pm.
Friday, February 23
rd 5:00pm - Deadline for voters to request an absent voter ballot to be mailed via first class mail.
Monday, February 26
th 4:00pm - Deadline for registered voters to request an absent voter ballot in-person at the City Clerk’s Office. Ballots must be voted in-person at the City Clerk’s Office.
Tuesday, February 27
th until 8:00pm - A person registering to vote in-person at the City Clerk’s Office may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot with proof of residency or vote in-person at their proper precinct.

Information for Voters

Frequently Asked Questions

You can track your ballot at Click on the Am I Registered page. Once you are there fill out your name, birth month, birth year and zip code. It will then direct you to a page listing when your application was received and when your ballot was sent.

You may have received multiple Absentee Ballot Applications in the mail because political parties, interest groups, candidates and even individuals are allowed to print and distribute absentee ballot applications. Just know that you will only receive one ballot no matter how many applications you submit to our office.

Our qualified voter list is constantly changing. Despite our best efforts, residents do not always tell us when they move. If you receive an application for someone who no longer lives at your address, please mark the envelope as “Not at this address” or “Return to Sender” and place it back in the mail. You can also send us that information by taking a picture of the application and emailing it to us at

Absentee ballot applications are used to ensure that the voter requesting a ballot by mail is who they say they are. The application collects personal information and requires a signature that is verified using voter registration data in the Qualified Voter File. By sending absentee applications, clerks are able to update voter information to make sure that when it's time to send ballots, those ballots are only sent to verified voters.

Being on the Automatic Application List guarantees that you will receive an application for a ballot in the mail. It doesn't grandfather anyone from never filling out the application again. We have to verify that the voter is who they say they are, that they are still alive and that they are still living at that residence.

The only difference is that voters can vote in the comfort of their home instead of standing in line at a precinct. Absentee ballots are the exact same paper ballot as a ballot issued in a precinct. Absentee ballots are also run through a tabulator on Election Day and are stored in the same secure containers as ballots issued in a precinct.

No, you can vote straight party on your ballot and still choose candidates from other parties on the ballot.

When we receive your ballot, your envelope is scanned, signature verified, your ballot marked in the system as received and it is stored in a locked vault until Election Day. Ballots received by the Monday before the election will be opened and the ballot will be kept in the secrecy sleeve. Ballots will be secured overnight in secure ballot containers. On Election Day, the stub will be removed from the ballot prior to the ballot being removed from the secrecy sleeve so that votes cannot be tied back to a voter.

In most cases, t is the same signature that is on your driver’s license. That signature is what is linked to your voter registration so that we have your most up to date signature on file. Also, we have hard copy signatures for most voters on file from their voter registration forms.

Yes, all valid absentee ballots are counted. Just like at the precincts, everything has to balance and match. We go through a County canvass after the election is over to verify that all totals are accurate.

You need to submit a written, signed statement to the City Clerk’s Office in order for them to spoil (void) your ballot and issue you a new ballot to vote.

Be prepared to spend a few extra minutes at the precinct while the precinct workers call the City Clerk’s Office to verify that you have not voted your absentee ballot, you have to fill out an affidavit that you did not vote your ballot, hence causing a delay at the precinct.

The Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.