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Early in-person voting in the August 6, 2024 Primary Election will be an option for Birmingham voters from
July 27 through August 4, 2024.
Early in-person voting in the November 5, 2024 General Election will be an option for Birmingham voters from
October 26, through November 3, 2024. 
  The following Q&A offers information about this process. 

Early Voting Q&A

What is early voting?

Early voting allows a voter to cast a ballot before Election Day in an experience designed to look and feel just like voting on Election Day. A voter will be issued a ballot, vote in a booth and then insert the voted ballot directly into a tabulator at an assigned early voting location.

The passage of Proposal 2022-2 in November 2022 created a constitutional right to no less than nine days of early in-person voting for not less than eight hours per day before statewide and federal elections, which occur in even years. Communities can also choose to provide early voting for local elections. Birmingham worked with the Oakland County Elections Division, Bloomfield Township and Southfield Township on a successful pilot program to offer early voting for the first time in the November 7, 2023 election, providing valuable experience for the 2024 presidential cycle, when early voting will occur statewide.

When is early voting?

Birmingham voters may vote early from February 17, 2024 through February 25, 2024 before the February 27, 2024 election. The polls will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Thursday, when the hours are 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where is early voting?
Birmingham voters can choose from two early voting locations:
  • The Bloomfield Township Library, 1099 Lone Pine Rd. (Lone Pine & Telegraph), Bloomfield Hills, 48302
  • Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Road, Waterford, 48328

 

What do I need to vote?
  • Identification – Michigan driver’s license or state ID with your current Birmingham address at which you are registered to vote. Check your voter registration here
  • If you don't have your ID, you may still vote. Photo ID is not required to cast a ballot. Voters without a photo ID or voters who forgot to bring their photo ID can still vote after signing an Affidavit of Voter Not in Possession of Picture Identification. 
Can I register to vote or update my address at an early voting site?

No. You will need to do that before voting early. Monday, February 12, 2024 is the last day to register to vote or change your address online, by mail or at a Secretary of State office and be eligible for the February 27 presidential primary.  Starting Tuesday, February 13, 2024 through Election Day, you will need to register in person at the Birmingham City Clerk's Office in order to vote in the February 27 election.

During 2024 early voting, the clerk's office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register voters.    

Check your voter registration here or by contacting the clerk's office at (248) 530-1880 or elections@bhamgov.org.

What if I have an absentee ballot and want to vote in person?

Beginning in the February 27 presidental primary election, voters can bring their absentee ballots to an early voting site to insert into a tabulator. The election inspector must verify that voters with absentee ballots are in the correct location and that they have the correct ballot number. Once the election inspector has confirmed this information, the voter can insert a completed absentee ballot into the tabulator, just like at a polling place on Election Day.

Where do I get more information?

Contact the Birmingham clerk’s office at (248) 530-1880 or elections@bhamgov.org. The Michigan Bureau of Elections also offers a useful early voting FAQ

Early Voting - Close of Polls Locations - Tabulation will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Election Day

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Bloomfield Township Library - 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Central Early Voting Site - 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341 West Wing
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Bloomfield Township Library - 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
Central Early Voting Site - 1200 N. Telegraph Road, Dept. 417, Pontiac, MI 48341 West Wing