When Can You Expect Your Absentee Ballot in Grand Rapids?
If you live in Grand Rapids, when can you expect to get your absentee ballot for the November general election?
As the election nears and concerns over USPS funding and mail delays grow, I've been checking my mailbox looking for mine.
The City of Grand Rapids shared in a post to Facebook that the City Clerk's Office will begin to mail absentee ballots in late September.
They remind us that voters have to submit an absentee ballot application for each election; however if you applied to vote absentee for the Nov. 3 election when the Clerk’s Office mailed out applications in June, you're all set.
If you do still need to apply for an absentee ballot, you can do that here. What's the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot? Requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
If you are voting absentee, when do you need to return your ballot? Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day. The State of Michigan recommends you begin the process early by mailing in your application for an absentee ballot as soon as possible.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at the white, secure election drop box in front of 300 Ottawa Ave. NW (no postage required). If you are dropping off your ballot in person, you must do so at the drop box in your jurisdiction. Here is a list of drop box locations in each jurisdiction throughout Michigan.
You can track the progress of your application and absentee ballot here. That's also where you can check your voter registration status, find your polling location, and view a sample ballot.