Election Information

Are You Registered to Vote?
Voter Registration Application
Absent Voter Application
Permanent Absent Voter Request
Sample Ballot 17th District
Sample Ballot 21st District
Voting Precincts
Precinct Map
LWV Voter Guide
New Voting Equipment Video
Order Form Voter Info
Election Results

2016 Election News

Are You Registered to Vote?

Mark Your Calendars 

Primary Election
August 2, 2016
General Election
 November 8, 2016

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Are you registered to vote?
Do you know your voting precinct?

CLICK HERE to find your voter information.

CLICK HERE to find your polling location.

Military and Overseas Voters
New state and federal laws make it easier for military and overseas civilian voters to register and participate in elections.  If you or someone you know is a member of the military or a U.S. citizen overseas, CLICK HERE to receive a ballot. 

No Campaigning at the Polls
Pursuant to Michigan Election Law, all campaigning on Election Day must be at least 100 feet from any doorway used by voters to enter the polling place.  Campaign buttons, hats, clothing with candidate names or campaign slogans, must be covered or removed when entering the polling place.

Photo ID Requirement to Vote:
Due to a recent court ruling, all Michigan voters must show current photo identification before voting at the polls. Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a current Michigan driver's license or personal identification card. A voter who is unable to show picture identification can vote after signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Voter Assist Terminals
All Southfield voters and members of the disability community are encouraged to utilize the AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal. First introduced to Southfield voters in 2006, the AutoMark provides access and on-site participation to all voters in Southfield. Voters who are physically disabled, visually impaired or otherwise unable to mark a ballot in the usual way can utilize the AutoMark device to vote independently. The screen magnification and contrast features make it a useful tool for all voters to use. The AutoMark units were paid for with Federal dollars under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), and are compatible with the M-100 optical scan voting machines.

Election Inspectors Needed
The City Clerk’s Office is seeking applicants to work as Election Inspectors for all elections held in the City of Southfield. Michigan law allows students age 16 years or older to work at the polls.

Applications from workers of all eligible ages are welcome. You must be a registered voter in the State of Michigan. Compensation for Election Inspectors is $140 for the full day (6 a.m. until polls close and election results are reported); Chairpersons receive $180 for the day.

Fill out the Election Inspector Application (PDF) or stop by the City Clerk’s Office to submit an application.

Close of Registration

Are you a registered voter? Michigan election law states that you must be registered to vote 30 days prior to an election. If you are not registered to vote in Southfield, please visit the City Clerk's Office or any Secretary of State Branch Office. 

The last day to register to vote for the 2016 Elections is:

    • February 8 - Presidential Primary Election
    • July 5 - Primary Election
    • October 11 - General Election

Please remember to bring your photo identification with you on Election Day.

Absent Voter Applications

Michigan law requires that a new application be completed for each election for which an absentee ballot is needed. To request an Application for Absent Voters Ballot, visit the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road; contact the City Clerk's Office at (248) 796-5150, or download a copy of the application for Absent Voter Ballot Form. (Please be sure to sign and print your full name and address on the application form.) 

If you are interested in receiving an Absent Voter Application for all future elections, please complete the Permanent Absent Voter Request Form and return it to the City Clerk's Office.  Once your signature is received, your name will be recorded on a Permanent Absent Voter List to receive Absent Voter Applications for all future elections.

The City Clerk's Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to Election Day to accept and process Absent Voter Ballot Applications.  

      Absentee Ballots issued on the Monday prior to the Election must be voted on-site by 4 p.m.; they cannot leave the Municipal Building per State Election Law.  

      All Absent Voter Ballots must be returned to the City Clerk's Office by 8 p.m. on Election night in order to be counted.

      Attention College Students

      Under a new State law, the address on your driver's license must match the address on your voter registration record. Any address change submitted on your driver's license will automatically carry over to your Voter Identification Card. This legislation particularly affects college students who often have their voter registration or driver's license changed to match their college address.

      Students: please be aware that you can no longer use your college address on one (driver's license) if the other (voter registration) reflects your local residence; the addresses must match.

      For more information or clarification, contact the City Clerk's Office at (248) 796-5150, or access the Secretary of State's Web site.