In order to vote in an election, you must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election. Once you have registered to vote, you do not need to re-register for each election unless you have moved. To find out if and where you are registered, go to https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/ You may register to vote by mail or in person at the Secretary of State office, or at the township office. Online voter registration is not available in Michigan. Due to recent changes in voter registration laws, those who register to vote in person must provide a photo ID at the time of their registration.
If you would like to vote by Absentee Ballot, please call the office (786-9996) M-F from 8 am – 4 pm to request a ballot application form to be sent to you by mail. You will need to drop off the application or mail it in once you have it filled out. At that point, a ballot will be mailed to you. Voted absentee ballots should be mailed back with a forever stamp—no extra postage is needed. Don’t forget to sign the envelope! The township hall will also be open from 9 am – 2 pm the Saturday before each election to allow you to vote by absentee ballot.
Permanent Absentee Voter List:
If you are over 60 years of age and would like to be placed on a Permanent Absentee Voter list and receive an absentee ballot for every election, just call (786-9996) or stop in the office and let us know that. Just voting once by absentee ballot does not mean you will be placed on the permanent list—you must make a special request for this.
When you request to be on the Permanent AV list, you will automatically receive an application for every election. State law requires absent voting to be a 2-step process. First you must fill out an application, and then you will receive and be able to vote your ballot.
Voting in Person:
Both Precinct 1 (West Ottawa School District) and Precinct 2 (Zeeland School District) vote at the township office, located at 6480 -136th Avenue. Polls are open from 7 am – 8 pm on election day.