City Clerk's Office Open for Election Business
The City Clerk’s Office is open to the public for election business only. Voters may apply for, receive and return an absentee ballot at the Clerk's Office. Residents are required to enter City Hall using the Martin Street entrance. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are required to enter the building. Individuals with limited mobility are encouraged to call 248-530-1880 for assistance with barrier free entry. City Hall remains closed for other City business. Residents requiring assistance are encouraged to contact any department via phone or email. Visit www.bhamgov.org/contacts to view a list of departmental contact numbers for services needed.
Attention Precinct 6 Voters: Temporary Voting Location Change
Precinct 6 voters who typically vote at City Hall will be directed to vote at the Community House. This change was made because there is more room to safely accommodate voters at the Community House.
New! Drive Up Ballot Drop Box
The new drive up absentee ballot drop box is located at City Hall near the driveway entrance off of Henrietta. Registered voters may simply drive up, deposit their ballot or ballot application and be on their way! Don't forget to sign and seal the absentee ballot envelope.
Attention Birmingham Voters,
The City’s Clerks office is working hard to proactively prepare for the election coming up this November. We have been maintaining an absentee voter list for the past few years. This list makes it easier for voters to know when an election is coming up and request their ballot by mail.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in our efforts to keep our community safe, we are strongly encouraging voters to consider joining our absentee voter mailing list.
As always we want our elections to be conducted safely, with integrity, transparency, and the highest level of service to our Birmingham voters.
Do not hesitate to contact the Clerk’s office with any questions regarding elections. Call 248-530-1880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you well,
City Clerk Designee
The next election is the November 3, 2020 General election. Sample ballots can be viewed at www.Michigan.gov/Vote.
- October 19 – Last day to register to vote online or by mail
- October 20 through November 3 – Unregistered voters must register in person with the Clerk’s Office.
- October 30 by 5 p.m. – Last day to request an absentee ballot by mail
- November 2 at 10 a.m. - Deadline for spoiling and obtaining a new absentee ballot
- November 2 at 4 p.m. – Deadline for issuing any absentee ballots
- November 3 – State General Election – Polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you received an absentee ballot and wish to vote in person on Election Day instead, you may surrender the absentee ballot at your polling place to vote. If you lost your absentee ballot or did not receive one, you may vote in person at the polls on Election Day.
- November 3 by 8 p.m. – All ballots being hand delivered to the Clerk's Office must be turned in by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Is the City Clerk's Office open for walk-ins?
Yes. The City Clerk’s Office is open to the public for election business. Residents are required to enter City Hall using the Martin Street entrance. Per the Governor’s Executive Order, masks are required to enter the building. Individuals with limited mobility are encouraged to call 248-530-1880 for assistance with barrier free entry.
City Hall remains closed for other City business. Residents requiring assistance are encouraged to contact City departments via phone or email. Visit www.bhamgov.org/contacts to view a list of departmental contact information for services needed.
I previously submitted a request for an absentee ballot. Should I go to the Clerk's Office to complete a ballot in person?
Absentee ballots have been mailed to those who requested them, and the Clerk's Office is continuing to mail ballots as new requests come in. If you would like to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 General Election and have not yet done so, please visit mi.gov/vote, return your absentee ballot application to the drop box at City Hall or stop by the Clerk's Office. Residents are required to enter City Hall using the Martin Street entrance.
If I submit an absentee ballot early (also referred to as "early voting"), whether at the Clerk's office, via the drop box or via mail, will it be counted as soon as it's received at the Clerk's Office?
No. Ballots will not be opened and counted before Election Day for security purposes. Ballots will be checked in, filed, and secured in the Clerk's office until they are ready to be processed on Election Day.
How can I request an absentee ballot?
If you would like to request an absentee ballot for the November 3, 2020 general election and have not yet done so, please visit mi.gov/vote or return your absentee ballot application to the drop box at City Hall.
How do I return my completed ballot to the City?
The Clerk's Office is happy to announce the new drive up absentee ballot drop box located at City Hall near the driveway entrance off of Henrietta. You may simply drive up, deposit your ballot and be on your way. Do not forget to sign and seal the envelope. If you prefer to mail your ballot, the postage is on us! All absentee ballots will have postage included on their return envelopes. The Clerk's Office strongly encourages you to mail your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it is received by November 3, 2020.
What is an Absent Voter Ballot Application?
An absentee ballot application is not a ballot. By submitting it, voters are requesting to obtain an absentee ballot by mail and vote using that method. Adding your name to the Permanent Absent Voter List means you will receive an absent ballot application in the mail for every election.
Why are voters encouraged to vote by mail in the upcoming elections?
You have the right to vote by mail in every election. Voting by mail is easy, convenient, and secure. During the outbreak of COVID-19, it also enables you to stay home and stay safe while still making your voice heard in our elections. Absent voting has many benefits including avoiding long lines, the ability to maintain social distancing, and time to study the ballot.
Why is it called a "Permanent" Absent Voter List? Does that mean I may no longer vote in person?
No, it does not. Voters should know and understand all of their options, and not feel confused or worried about the word "permanent". If a voter requests and receives an absentee ballot, they can surrender it and vote in person if they wish. Voters always have the choice to vote absentee or in person. Adding your name to the Permanent Absent Voter List means you will receive an absent ballot application in the mail for every election.
Is it possible I may receive an Absent Voter Ballot Application from the City and the State?
Yes. The State is mailing absent voter ballot applications to everyone who is not on the City's permanent absent voter list. The City will be mailing absent voter ballot applications to everyone who is on the permanent absent voter list in mid-June. If you just signed up for the permanent absent voter list, it is possible you may receive a ballot application from the City and the State. It is not necessary to complete both applications; submitting the City's application is sufficient.
What should I do if I plan to move prior to the elections?
Notify your city clerk and visit www.Michigan.gov/Vote to learn how to receive an absentee ballot in your new community.
What should I do if I just moved to Birmingham and received an absent voter ballot application from my old community?
Contact the Birmingham City Clerk's Office at 248-530-1880 to request a new absent voter ballot application. Let your previous City Clerk know that you have moved.
I received several Absent Voter Ballot Applications in the mail. How do I know which ones are legitimate?
Look for the logo below to ensure the application is from your City Clerk's office.
The absentee ballot applications from other organizations will most often suffice as long as it includes all of the correct information.
For more information on voting in Michigan, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State's website: www.michigan.gov/sos.
Traditional Absentee Ballot
A friend or family member can assist the voter with the paperwork involved with a traditional absentee ballot application and ballot.
Accessible Absentee Ballot
The Michigan Bureau of Elections has launched an accessible absent voter ballot application that can be used to apply for an accessible electronic absent voter ballot for the August Election. Blind voters and others with severe disabilities that prevent them from voting absent voter ballots privately and independently can mark the documents on an electronic device, using their own assistive technology, without visiting a polling place or clerk’s office. The voter may download an accessible absentee ballot application to request an accessible absentee ballot. The accessible absentee ballot application and ballot are digital pdfs that can be electronically signed, printed, and returned to the Clerk. These documents work with software that will read to the voter who needs the accommodations.
Voter Assist Terminal
The voter may make an appointment at City Hall to use the Voter Assist Terminal – a computer that can mark and print a ballot for a voter who needs assistance. This is the same device that is provided to accommodate voters in every live precinct on Election Day.
The voter may make an appointment for curbside voting. Two members of the Clerk’s Office will assist the voter, witness the transaction, and complete the necessary documents as directed by the voter. For curbside voting, the voter and office staff will wear PPE and implement social distancing as much as allowable.
Contact the Clerk’s office at email@example.com or 248-530-1880 for further directions and assistance.
Election Updates from the Clerk's Office
Straight Ticket, Split Ticket, and Mixed Ticket Voting FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions re. Absentee Ballots
City Clerk's Office Open for Election Business
Election News from Birmingham
August 2020 Archive
Important Dates to Keep in Mind for the August Election
Register to Vote by July 20 for the August Election
City Seeks Election Inspectors for Upcoming Elections
Options for Voters Who Need Assistance
Keep an Eye Out for Your Absentee Ballot
What to do if You Receive Election Mail for a Former Resident
August Election Ballots will Arrive Soon
City Seeks Election Inspectors for Upcoming Elections
The Clerk's Office Answers Your Absentee Ballot FAQs
Absentee Application Update from the Clerk's Office
Absentee Ballot Applications will be Arriving Soon
Understanding Absent Voter Applications
Join the Permanent Absent Voter List to Automatically Receive Absent Ballot Applications
Register to Vote & Complete Absentee Ballot for Upcoming Elections