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Elections

Wilson Township Clerk
Marilyn L Beebe
1701 Fall Park Rd.
Boyne City, MI 49712
Fax:   (866) 998-1922
 
Election Materials Quick Links
For information on how to get an absent voter ballot, click here.
 
 
Voter Information Center

The Michigan Secretary of State "Voter Information Center" is online at www.michigan.gov/vote. Michigan residents can access information about their voter registration status, find their polling location, get directions to their polling place and view a sample ballot.

Early Voting

In November 2022, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that gives voters the right to vote early and in person at early voting sites before statewide and federal elections. Communities may also choose to provide early voting for local elections. Early voting allows a voter to cast a ballot before Election Day, in an experience similar to voting on Election Day. During the early voting period, voters are issued a ballot and can then insert their ballot directly into a tabulator at their early voting site.

How is Early Voting (EV) different from Absentee Voting: Both early in-person voting and absentee voting allow voters to cast a ballot prior to Election Day. However, there are key differences between the two methods of voting.

Early voting allows voters to cast a ballot similar to how they would do so at a polling place on Election Day. Voters are issued a ballot and can personally insert it into the tabulator at their early voting site.

Absentee voting allows voters to request a ballot by mail or in person at their local clerk’s office. Voters can complete their absentee ballot at home or at their local clerk’s office and submit it in an envelope by mail, in person, or by drop box. After an absentee ballot is received by the local clerk, the voter’s absentee ballot is processed and tabulated by their local clerk. Absentee voters also have more flexibility to “spoil” their ballot, or change their vote, after it has been submitted.

Who can vote early? Any registered voter in Michigan has the right to vote early in person at an EV site for statewide and federal elections for which they are eligible.

Voters in Michigan can register to vote up to and on Election Day, including during the early voting period.

Permanent Absent Voter Application List

The Wilson Township clerk maintains a list of voters who will automatically receive an application to request an Absent Voter (AV) ballot for every election. The applications are automatically mailed four to six weeks prior to every election. Voters must complete, sign and return the application by the deadline in order to have an absent voter ballot sent to them. If the voter doesn't wish to receive a mail ballot for a specific election, the application isn't returned. The voter may vote in person. If you wish to be added to the Wilson Township Permanent Absent Voter List, contact the Wilson Township Clerk.

Permanent Absent Voter Ballot List (optional):

In 2022, Michigan voters passed Proposal 2, which created a permanent mail ballot list. Voters can choose to automatically receive an absentee ballot and vote from home for every election.

Signature Verification

Voters are encouraged to sign AV ballot applications and AV ballot return envelopes in a way that reasonably resembles the signature given for driver’s license/state ID or voter registration purposes, so that the signature agrees sufficiently with the signature on file.

Photo Identification Required When Voting

The Michigan Supreme Court recently upheld a Michigan law passed in 1996, requiring all voters to show photo identification when voting at the polls. The requirement became effective with the November 2007 election. Voters must show photo identification or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Accepted forms of photo identification are:
  • Drivers License or personal identification card
  • United States Passport
  • Military ID with photo
  • Federal or State government issued photo identification
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
  • Tribal identification card with photo
Voters who do not have a photo ID can acquire a state identification card at their local Secretary of State branch office. State ID cards are free to individuals who are 65 or older, blind, or who have had their driving privileges terminated due to a physical or mental condition. Proof of identity and residency are required when applying for a State ID card.
 
For additional information about the photo identification requirement, please visit the Secretary of State Election Web Page.
 

FAQs

Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.

Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency. Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations:

  • Your local Secretary of State branch office
  • Your local county, city, or township clerk's office
  • Offices of several state agencies, like the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Military recruitment centers
  • Voter registration drives
  • Online at www.Michigan.gov/vote

Michigan law states that the same address must be used for voter registration and driver's license purposes. That means, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a driver's license or personal identification card issued by the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver's license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on this form. If a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver's license or personal ID card.
In order to vote you must be: a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Michigan (and will be at least a 30-day resident of your city or township by election day), a registered voter, and 18 years of age on or before election day.
Special services are provided to assist military and overseas civilian voters participate in elections. If you are living outside the U.S., you may send a Federal Postcard Application to register to vote. This application is distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. It also serves as a way to request an absentee ballot.
Absent Voter (AV) ballots are available to all voters for all elections. AV ballots allow voters to cast a ballot without being present in the polls on election day. To request an absent voter ballot application for an upcoming election, call the Clerk at (231) 582-1033 Ext.1 (please leave a message if no answer) and you will be mailed an application. You may also click the following link to download an Absent Voter Ballot application. The application must be returned to the clerk by email: wilsonclerk49712@gmail.com, fax: (866) 998-1922, text (231) 675-7414, or USPS mail: Wilson Township Clerk, 01701 Fall Park Rd, Boyne City, MI 49712.