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City Clerk and Elections


Jane Cartwright - City Clerk / HR
611 E. Grand River Ave, 3rd Floor
Howell, MI 48843

M-F 8:00a - 5:00p

Presidential Primary - March 8, 2016
The March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary is designated a "closed primary".  Michigan Election law requires voters to choose a Republican or Democratic ballot when voting absentee or at the polls on Election Day.  While a voter must select a specific  ballot for this primary, there is no political party affiliated with your Michigan voter registration status.  

The last day to register to vote for the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary is February 8, 2016.  If you have recently moved, make sure your voter registration address has been updated. 

Absentee ballots will be available at least 30 days prior to the election.  Absentee voters must complete a special application designated for the Presidential Primary.  The AV application for the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary is available HERE

November 3, 2015 General Election

The following candidates were elected in the November 3, 2015 City General Election.  Click HERE for the complete election summary report for the City of Howell.

Mayor - Nick Proctor 

Council Members - 3 positions: 
1) Bob Ellis
2) Michael Mulvahill
3) Steve Manor

Board of Review - David Fisher 



Application for Absentee Ballot (Do not use for the March 8, 2016 Presidential Primary - see information above)

Click HERE to download an application for an upcoming election.  Return the completed form to the City Clerk's office at 611 E. Grand River.  If you live outside the City limits, please contact your Township Clerk.

Registering to Vote
If you have recently moved to the City of Howell, you must register to vote at your new address within 60 days or at least 30 days prior to the first scheduled election.  The most convenient way to complete this process is at the City Clerk's Office located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.  If you were previously registered in the State of Michigan, we can update your voter registration  in our office and you will automatically receive an address change sticker for your drivers license; no need to visit the Secretary of State's office.  You can also register on line through the Michigan Secretary of State's office (link provided below) or use the mail in form provided HERE.   

Bring Your Picture Identification to the Polls 

Voters are required to present picture identification as part of the application to vote process.  The Election Inspector will check the photo and name appearing on the identification to verify the voter’s identity. 

Voters who do not have acceptable picture identification or are not in possession of picture identification must sign an affidavit prior to voting.  For more information on this new requirement, please follow the link to the official notice from the Michigan Bureau of Elections.

Permanent Absentee Voter List                                                                                            

Registered voters can now be placed on the City of Howell's Permanent Absentee Voter List.  Complete the application form and return it to the Clerk's office.  Once you are added to the list, you will automatically receive an application for Absentee Ballot approximately six weeks prior to each election without calling to request it. Click HERE to download the application form.                                                                                                

Michigan Voter Information Center                                                         

Visit the State of Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) for all your election needs.   
Direct Link http://michigan.gov/vote

This site provides information on:

  • Voter Registration Status
  • Upcoming elections
  • Polling location and map
  • Voting equipment
  • Absentee Voting
  • Sample Ballots

Michigan Secretary of State also offers a wide variety of on line services for branch office transactions. You can visit their web site at:  Direct Link http://michigan.gov/sos

Where do I Vote?

Precincts 1 and 2 vote at Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA).  The LESA Administration Building is located at 1425 W. Grand River (corner of W. Grand River and Highlander Way). The LESA Administration Building has a large parking lot behind the building with driveways on W. Grand River and Highlander Way.  On election day, please use the main entrance located on the south side of the building adjacent to the parking lot.  After entering the building, please follow the signs to Precincts 1 and 2 which will be located in the McGuffey conference room on the right.  Click HERE for a detailed map.

Precinct 3 votes at Howell City Hall, 611 E. Grand River, 2nd Floor Conference Room.  The parking lot is located behind the building and can be accessed from either Sibley Street or Grand River.