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Absentee Voting
How to obtain an Absentee Ballot

You must  apply for an absentee ballot by written request and submitted to this office. Application
   Check the status of your ballot's status

   Options on returning your ballot delivery methods

Only the person requesting the Ballot may sign the application. Election law does not allow for anyone other than the registered voter to sign the form nor obtain a ballot for another person.*

The deadline for acceptance of applications for an absentee ballot request by mail, fax, or email is the Saturday before the election day at 2 p.m.

Voters making a late request must appear in person between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the Monday before the election. On that Monday, you are not allowed leave the building with the ballot and must vote the ballot in person and return it to the Office of the City Clerk.

To be placed on a mailing list to receive the form before each election cycle you can use this form mailing request form.

*Signature/Photo ID Requirements

*Use of a Signature Stamp - Public Act 79 of 2014 amends the Michigan Election Law to permit a physically disabled voter who is unable to sign his or her name due to the physical disability to use a signature stamp on a voter registration application or an election document.  Current law only permits the voter to make his or her mark on the aforementioned documents.  The new Act further defines that an election document includes, but is not limited to, all of the following: a voter application; an absent voter ballot application; an emergency absent voter ballot application; and an absent voter ballot return envelope.

Photo ID Requirement

Residents who wish to obtain an absentee ballot in person, please see photo ID requirement below:

As a result of legislation enacted in 2012 (PA 523 of 2012), voters who obtain an absent voter ballot in person are also required to comply with the picture identification requirement. If a voter is not in possession of picture ID, they may sign the same Affidavit of Voter not in Possession of Picture Identification form that is used in the polls on Election Day. AV ballots from voters that obtain a ballot in person and do not provide picture identification and sign the affidavit form must be processed as a challenged ballot on Election Day.

Mary Kotowski, MMC, CMMC
City Clerk

Ph:  586-447-3303
Fax: 586-445-0469

Office Hours

M - F 8 am - 4:30 pm

Passport Services 5 weeks during Election periods

Passport Hours are only:
Mon. & Wed.8 am to 12 pm   
Tues. 10 am to 12 pm & 
           2 pm to 3:30 pm
(we do not take appointments)
 During the upcoming holidays please call first as we are short staffed

We strongly recommend that you call the office in advance to ensure someone is available to help you. There are only 2 passport agents in this dept.

Passport Site and Forms
The City of St. Clair Shores27600 Jefferson Circle Drive, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081