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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

November 8, 2016 General Election 
The last day to register to vote for the Presidential Election is Tuesday, October 11th.  If you have recently moved, please update your address by October 11th to avoid problems on election day.  Please see the detailed instructions below under Registering to Vote for tips on completing the voter registration process.   If you are not sure if you are registered, visit the Voter Information Center at http://michigan.gov/vote.  

Preparing for Election Day
We are working hard to prepare for the anticipated high turnout and we are asking for your cooperation.  Please follow these steps to prepare for election day:

1) Visit the Voter Information Center at http://michigan.gov/vote to confirm your precinct location and view your sample  ballot.  Become familiar with what's on the ballot and come ready to make your selections.   
2) Bring your picture identification.
3) Election hours are 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  These hours are set by state law and cannot be extended.  You must be in line by 8:00 p.m. in order to vote.  Please allow extra time to travel to your precinct.
4) Be patient with our dedicated election workers.  They will do everything they can to process voters as quickly as possible. 

If you have additional questions about the election process, please call the City Clerk's office prior to election day.  Our staff is committed to serving your election needs and will do our best to assist you.  

Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots are now available.  Click HERE to download the application form for the November 8th General Election.  Return the completed form to the City Clerk's office at 611 E. Grand River.  If you are on our permanent absentee voter list and returned the dual application which covered both the Primary & General Election, your ballot has been mailed.  If you do not receive your ballot by October 14th, please contact our office.  If you are returning your voted ballot by mail, the required postage is 68 cents.  Your ballot must be received in our office by Tuesday, November 8th in order to be counted.  Please allow extra time for mailing.  Voted ballots can also be hand delivered to the City Clerk's office, 3rd floor of City Hall during normal business hours - or for your convenience after hours, use the drop box located in the lobby area of City Hall.  We also provide extended hours for absentee ballots Saturday November 5th, 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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 (October 11th for the November 8, 2016 Presidential 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.   
NOTE:  If you register to vote using the mail in form and have never voted in the State of Michigan before, you are required to vote in person the first time.  If you are going to need an absentee ballot, please register to vote in person.

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. Acceptable forms of picture identification are:
-Michigan driver's license or Michigan personal identification card
-Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
-Federal or state government-issued photo identification
-U.S. passport
-Military identification card with photo
-Student identification with photo - from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education
-Tribal identification card with photo

Voters who do not have acceptable picture identification or are not in possession of picture identification must sign an affidavit prior to voting.  

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.