As the November 4, 2014 General Election is fast approaching, Ottawa County employees should be aware of the opportunity to vote using an absent voter ballot.
It is sometimes a challenge to make it to polling locations during Election Day. Therefore, if you expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered on Election Day or qualify for an absent voter ballot through other statutory qualifications below, you can fill out the absent voter ballot application and return it to your city or township clerk and a ballot will be mailed to you. Visit Ottawa County Elections to find the mailing address and contact information for your local clerk.
In order to comply with state deadlines, voters who wish to receive an absent voter ballot for the General Election by mail must submit their application to their local clerk by Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Absent Voter Ballot Qualifications (at least one reason must apply):
• I expect to be absent from the community in which I am registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
• I am physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
• I cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of my religion.
• I have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where I reside.
• I am 60 years of age or older.
• I cannot attend the polls because I am confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
The deadline for voter registration in the election is Monday, October 6! If you are not registered to vote and would like to register, please visit any of our County Clerk’s Office locations to do so.
If you have any questions regarding the upcoming election, feel free to contact Justin Roebuck, County Clerk/Register of Deeds, or Steve Daitch, Elections Coordinator at 616-994-4535. You can also check out the website for updated election information.