PERMANENT ABSENT VOTER LIST REQUEST and ABSENTEE BALLOTS
The Chassell Township Clerk’s Office maintains a Permanent Absent Voter List. From this permanent absent voter list, absentee voter applications are mailed out for every election as required by Michigan Election Law. If you would like to be placed on our Permanent Absent Voter List, please fill out the Permanent Absent Voter List Request below and mail to: Chassell Township Clerk’s Office, PO Box 438, Chassell, MI 49916.
Absentee Voter Ballots
To qualify to vote Absent Ballot you must be a registered voter at least 30 days prior to election, apply in writing for each election your requesting to vote by absentee ballot and attest to one of the following six reasons: (1) 60 years of age or more (2) Unable to vote without assistance (3) Expect to be absent from township entire time polls are open (4) In jail awaiting arraignment or trial (5) Appointed to work as an election inspector in precinct outside of your precinct of residency (6) Unable to attend polls due to religious beliefs.
Question and Answers about Absentee Voter Ballots
- What do I have to do to receive an Absentee Voter application?
- Prior to any election, the Clerk’s Office will mail you an application. By state law the applications are available 75 days prior to election. The application must be filled out and returned to us before a ballot can be issued. The application cannot be processed without the “VOTERS” signature which is verified by digital signature on file and voter registration record. Under Michigan Election Law, a voter must be able to sign the application and ballot. Power Of Attorney cannot be utilized. Voters who are unable to sign the application and/or ballot should contact the Clerk’s Office.
- How to fill out absentee application?
- You will be sent an application with either one or two upcoming elections printed at the top of the application. You need to check the reason(s) you are voting absentee for each election you are requesting an absentee ballot. Please verify your address information and make changes if needed. If you need your ballot sent to an address other than your current Chassell Township residence, make sure to provide that address on the application where requested. After signing and dating the application, return completed application to the Chassell Township Clerk’s Office.
- Can an application or ballot be picked up for someone other than myself?
- An application can be picked up for anyone within household. If household member is out of town or away at school we can send application directly to them if address is provided, or a letter can be submitted as application with all required information and signature. An unvoted ballot cannot be given to anyone except voter that has applied for absentee ballot. If household member dropped off application the ballot will be sent in mail within 24 hours.
- What happens next?
- Your ballot will be mailed to you once your absent voter application has been received including voter’s signature and the absentee ballots are received in our office (approximately 45 days prior to election).
- What is your next step?
- In the privacy of your home, vote your ballot at your leisure. When completed, you may mail or hand-deliver the ballot to the Clerk’s Office when completed.
- What if I want to vote at the precinct?
- Simply do not fill out the absentee application and go to your precinct on Election Day to vote.
- Which elections will I receive absentee ballot applications for?
- An application will be mailed to all voters on the Permanent AV List for any election scheduled in Chassell Township.
We’re Always Looking for New Election Inspectors
Are you looking for an opportunity to serve your community? Why not consider working as an election inspector? City and township clerks are always seeking Election Day assistance.
Election inspectors are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. Some of their responsibilities include checking voters’ registration records and recording that they voted, distributing ballots, assisting voters, and maintaining order within the voting precinct.
An election inspector must be a registered voter in the State. An inspector cannot be a challenger, a candidate for nomination or election to any office on the ballot, or a member of a candidate’s immediate family. Immediate family is defined as the individual’s father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, or any relative residing in the same household with that person. In addition, anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not be an inspector.
The first three inspectors appointed to serve on a precinct board must be 18 years of age or older. Additional inspectors appointed to the board may be high school students 16 or 17 years of age. With the exception of being qualified and registered voters, students must meet all of the other requirements. They are also required to receive permission from their school and are subject to the provisions of child labor laws. Students cannot serve as precinct chairpersons; however, the addition of younger workers provides more flexibility in manning the polls on Election Day and allows young people an opportunity to see democracy in action. They also add energy and enthusiasm to the voting precincts on Election Day.
Please contact the Chassell Township Clerk’s Office, at (906) 523-4000 or email email@example.com, to request an election inspector application and/or to seek additional information. It’s a very rewarding experience, and training is provided prior to Election Day.
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