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City Clerk and Elections


Jane Cartwright - City Clerk / HR
611 E. Grand River Ave, 3rd Floor
Howell, MI 48843

M-F 8:00a - 5:00p

November 6, 2018 General Election
The last day to register to vote for the General Election is Tuesday October 9 , 2018.  Please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at http://michigan.gov/vote to confirm you are registered to vote at your current address prior to the deadline or call our office at 517-546-3502.  Registering to vote in our office is quick and easy - no lines.  College students registering to vote for the first time should do so in person at our office or any of Michigan's Secretary of State Branch Offices if you will need to vote by Absentee Ballot on November 6th.  Also, keep in mind if you use your temporary college address when registering to vote, it will change your address on your drivers license.   

Absentee Ballots will be available around the first week in October.  Voters can apply for an absentee ballot in person at the Clerk's Office during regular office hours or request a ballot by mail by returning a completed absentee ballot application form.  The Clerk's Office will also have extended office hours for Absentee Ballots on Saturday, November 3rd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.  A link to the Absentee Ballot application is available below.

Click HERE to download the Absentee Ballot application form.

Are You Ready for Election Day?   
Check your voter registration status, view samples ballots, or check the status of your absentee ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center; http://michigan.gov/vote.  If your registration status is active and all your information is correct, you are ready to vote on November 6th.  Use the sample ballot feature to review the ballot prior to election day.  Please note that the option to vote straight party will NOT appear on the November General Election Ballot due to a recent ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.   

Registering to Vote
If you have recently moved to the City of Howell, you must register to vote at your new address within 60 days or at least 30 days prior to the first scheduled election.  The most convenient way to complete this process is at the City Clerk's Office located on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.  If you were previously registered in the State of Michigan, we can update your voter registration  in our office and you will automatically receive an address change sticker for your drivers license; no need to visit the Secretary of State's office.  You can also register on line through the Michigan Secretary of State's office (link provided below) or use the mail in form provided HERE.   
NOTE:  If you register to vote using the mail in form and have never voted in the State of Michigan before, you are required to vote in person the first time.  If you are going to need an absentee ballot, please register to vote in person.

Bring Your Picture Identification to the Polls 

Voters are required to present picture identification as part of the application to vote process.  The Election Inspector will check the photo and name appearing on the identification to verify the voter’s identity. Acceptable forms of picture identification are:
-Michigan driver's license or Michigan personal identification card
-Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
-Federal or state government-issued photo identification
-U.S. passport
-Military identification card with photo
-Student identification with photo - from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education
-Tribal identification card with photo

Voters who do not have acceptable picture identification or are not in possession of picture identification must sign an affidavit prior to voting.  

Permanent Absentee Voter List                                                                                            

Registered voters can now be placed on the City of Howell's Permanent Absentee Voter List.  Complete the application form and return it to the Clerk's office.  Once you are added to the list, you will automatically receive an application for Absentee Ballot approximately six weeks prior to each election without calling to request it. Click HERE to download the application form.                                                                                                

Michigan Voter Information Center                                                         

Visit the State of Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC) for all your election needs.   
Direct Link http://michigan.gov/vote

This site provides information on:

  • Voter Registration Status
  • Upcoming elections
  • Polling location and map
  • Voting equipment
  • Absentee Voting
  • Sample Ballots

Michigan Secretary of State also offers a wide variety of on line services for branch office transactions. You can visit their web site at:  Direct Link http://michigan.gov/sos

Where do I Vote?

Precincts 1 and 2 vote at Livingston Educational Service Agency (LESA).  The LESA Administration Building is located at 1425 W. Grand River (corner of W. Grand River and Highlander Way). The LESA Administration Building has a large parking lot behind the building with driveways on W. Grand River and Highlander Way.  On election day, please use the main entrance located on the south side of the building adjacent to the parking lot.  After entering the building, please follow the signs to Precincts 1 and 2 which will be located in the Leadership Center conference room on the right.  Click HERE for a detailed map.

Precinct 3 votes at Howell City Hall, 611 E. Grand River, 2nd Floor Conference Room.  The parking lot is located behind the building and can be accessed from either Sibley Street or Grand River.