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Q & A: Voting and Elections

With the passage of Proposition 3 in November 2018, elections laws have changed. Here's what you need to know...

  • The deadline for registering to vote has changed from 30 days to 15 days (for methods of registration other than in person at the local clerk's office).
  • Voters may register within 15 days of an election by visiting their local Clerk's office.
  • Voters may register on Election Day at their local Clerk's office.
  • Voters no longer need a reason to obtain an absentee ballot.
  • Clerk's will have extra office hours available the weekend before an election for in person voter registration

Can I register to vote online?

Yes! As of December 3, 2019 you can register to vote here.

How do I verify my registration information and view my ballot?

To view your registration information and view your ballot, you can go to the Secretary of State Website and fill in the proper information.

What are the requirements to vote?

  • You must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the State of Michigan
  • Must be at least a 30 day resident of the city by election day
  • You must be 18 years of age by Election Day

How do I register to vote?

Where do I vote?

  • The City of Buchanan has two (2) Precincts:
    • Precinct #1 is at City Hall, 302 N. Redbud Trail
    • Precinct #2 is at the Redbud City Center, 131 S. Oak Street
  • If you are not sure which precinct is yours, you can look on your voter identification card or call the city clerk at 269-695-3844, ext. 17

I’ve moved, where do I vote?

  • If you’ve recently moved, you must be sure to fill out a registration form for your new precinct, or when you change your address at the Secretary of State's Office your information will automatically be updated.
  • You will receive a new voter registration identification card by mail.
  • If you have moved within the City, you can simply call the City Clerk with your address change information and your file will be updated.

What time are the polls open?

  • Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

How can I be an Election Inspector?

How do I qualify for an Absent Voter Ballot?

  • Anyone can receive an absentee ballot.  No reason needed.
  • You can fill out an application for an Absentee Ballot here.

How can I get an absentee ballot?