Is a voter required to personally return their own absentee ballot or may another permitted individual do so on their behalf?

Under Michigan law, a voter is only permitted to ask a member of their immediate family, member of their same household, postal carrier, or an authorized local election official from their city or township clerk’s office to return their absentee ballot on their behalf.

In the event a voter is hospitalized or placed in quarantine on or after 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, state law provides an emergency exception to permit the voter to request any individual to return their absentee ballot on their behalf. Voters with individual questions or concerns about this emergency procedure should contact their city or township clerk.

If a voter is subject to quarantine or hospitalized after 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, the voter is eligible to request an emergency absent voter ballot.  This request must be made in writing to the voter’s local clerk indicating the individual the clerk may provide the voter’s ballot for transport to the voter.

All valid absentee ballots with a matching voter signature received by a local clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, will be tabulated.



Last updated Oct. 22, 2020