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Michigan now has no reason absentee voting. If you would like to be placed on the permanent absentee list to receive an application to vote for every election, the clerk needs a signed letter/note.
Election Inspectors are needed. If interested, please contact the Riley Township Office, or click here for further information.
Elections and Voting
2021 Scheduled Elections
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021– Election for Memphis Community Schools
Voter Registration Deadline – Election Day – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
If residents will be out of the community on Election Day or need any information regarding the upcoming election, contact the Township Clerk’s Office at (810)392-2326.
Register to Vote Up to 15 Days Prior to Election – Voters can register at any Secretary of State office, any State designated agency, County Clerk’s Office, Township Clerk’s Office, mail or internet.
Register to Vote 14 Days Prior to Election through Election Day 8:00 p.m. – Voters can register at their local Clerk’s Office in person to be eligible to vote Election Day.
Monday, April 19th, 2021: Last day to register for the May 4th, 2021 election by mail. Registration will need to be done in person at the local clerk’s office after this date.
Thursday, April 29th, 2021: The last day that an absentee ballot can be mailed to you.
May 1st, 2021: The Township Clerk’s Office will be open for extended hours on Saturday, May 1st, 2021 to process voter registration applications and absent voter applications for the following hours: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Riley Township’s polling location is located at the Township Hall, 13016 Belle River Rd. In order to vote in any election in Michigan, you must be 18 years of age on or before Election Day, and you must be registered to vote.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day
Voter Registration Information
At the General Election in November of 2018, Proposal 3 a Constitutional Amendment passed unanimously statewide. This constitutional amendment affects deadlines for voters to register to vote, how they become registered to vote and who can vote by absentee ballot.
Where do I register to vote?
Riley Township residents can register to vote by mail, at the Township Clerk’s office, St. Clair County County Clerk’s Office, any State Designated State Agency or at any Secretary of State branch office. If you are registering less than 15 days before an election, you must register to vote in person at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office at 13042 Belle River Rd., Riley, MI 48041.
When is the Last Day to register to vote by mail?
15 Days before an election
To register by mail, complete the MI Voter Registration Application, which can be found on the Election Forms and Applications Section. Complete the application including birth date, drivers’ license or state ID number, or last 4 digits of social security number on application and signature. A copy of residency verification can be submitted with voter registration application. Mail completed application to Riley Township Clerk at 13042 Belle River Rd., Riley, MI 48041 by deadline of 15 days before the election.
When is the Last Day to register to vote in person?
8 pm on Election Day
Riley Township residents wishing to register to vote less than 15 days before an election, including Election Day, must register in person with proof of residency with residential address on acceptable document, (driver’s license or state identification, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or government issued document). Digital copies of documentation is accepted at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office.
Can I register to vote at my polling precinct?
No, if you are not registered to vote on Election Day, you must register to vote at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office. Voters registering to vote on Election Day at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office may vote an absentee ballot at the Clerk’s Office when registering to vote on Election Day, or voter can take their voter registration receipt issued by the Clerk’s Office to vote in person at their polling precinct.
Updating your driver’s license at the Secretary of State’s Office or on-line at www.expressSOS.com will also update your voter registration and will be submitted to Riley Township. Once received by Delta Township a voter identification card will be sent.
Change of Address
If you move, you must update your address. This can be handled at the Township Clerk’s Office, or at any Secretary of State Branch office or online at www.expressSOS.com. Whenever you move to a new city or township or move within your current city or township, even if the change is as minor as moving to a different apartment within the same complex, you must update your voter registration or re-register to vote.
Absentee Voting Information
Voting by Absentee Ballot
At the General Election in November of 2018, Proposal 3 a Constitutional Amendment passed unanimously statewide 66.8% Yes to 33.2% No. This constitutional amendment affects deadlines to register to vote, how they become registered to vote and who can vote by absentee ballot.
Who can vote by Absentee Ballot in person or through mail?
All voters can apply to vote by absentee ballot either in person at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office or through mail. To request an absentee ballot, please complete an Absentee Ballot application, or please call the Riley Township Clerk’s Office to request an application be mailed. Ballots are available 45 days prior to each election date.
How can voter’s vote by mail for all scheduled elections?
The Township maintains an Automatic Absent Voter List which mails an application for absentee ballot for all elections scheduled in Riley Township. If voters are interested in getting placed on the Automatic Absent Voter List, please call the Township Clerk’s Office at (810)392-2326 or complete the Automatic Absent Voter List Request Form and mail or drop off to the Township Clerk’s Office at 13042 Belle River Rd., Riley, MI 48041
When can voters vote by mail?
Absentee ballots are available 45 days prior to every election. Registered Voters can request an application to have a ballot mailed. The deadline to request a ballot and have ballot mailed to voter is the Friday before every election at 5 p.m.
When can voters apply in person for absentee ballot?
The Township Clerk’s Office will be open a minimum of 8 hours the weekend before every election scheduled in Riley Township to process absentee ballot applications and issue ballots to voters. Please call the Riley Township Clerk’s Office for information on scheduled hours for processing absentee ballots, or see the Michigan Voter Information Center website at www.michigan.gov/vote to obtain additional hours for processing absentee applications and ballots.
New voters can register to vote on Election Day at the Riley Township Clerk’s Office with identification and residency identification. New Voters can also apply for an absentee ballot and vote in person when they register to vote on Election Day at the Township Clerk’s Office only, until 8 p.m. Election Day.
All absentee ballots must be returned to the Riley Township Clerk’s office by 8 pm Election Day for your ballot to be counted. Ballots can be personally returned to the Clerk’s Office, or mailed. The Township does have a drop box available if the ballot is to be returned after business hours. If voter’s chose to return their absentee ballot by mail you must allow 5 days for mailing as the ballot must be received by Election Day in order to be counted.
THE CONVENIENCE OF VOTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
The Riley Township Clerk’s Office maintains a Automatic Absent Voter List, which is a list of voters who regularly choose to vote by absentee ballot. From this list, Applications for an Absentee Ballot are mailed out for every election as required by Michigan Election Law. If you would like to be placed on our Automatic Absent Voter List, please fill out the MI Absentee Ballot Application found in the Election Forms and Applications section.
Frequently asked questions and answers are provided below. However, should you have additional inquiries about voting procedures please contact the Clerk’s Office at (810)392-2326 during normal business hours.
Q. What steps do I have to take to receive an Application?
A. You may request to be placed on the Automatic Absentee Voter List. From that list, Applications are automatically mailed each election. If you choose to not be placed on the permanent list, you may call the Clerk’s Office and request an Application be sent for any particular election.
Q. How to complete the Application?
A. The Application will either be for one or two upcoming elections. The date or dates will be printed at the top of the Application. Please verify your residential address and mailing address. Make any changes if necessary. If you wish the Ballot be sent to an alternate address other than your current residence, make sure to provide the alternate address where indicated on the Application. Sign, date and return the Application in the envelope provided.
Q. Do I qualify to receive an Absentee Ballot?
A. Under Proposal 3, a constitutional amendment passed by Michigan voters in November, 2018 EVERY Michigan voter has the right to vote by absentee ballot – no reason is required. You MUST return the absent voter application each election in order to receive a ballot.
Q. What happens next?
A. All applications are reviewed for completeness and signatures are compared to those in our data base. Your ballot will be mailed to you at the address you indicate as soon as the Ballots are available for mailing. Typically this is four to five weeks in advance of the election.
Q. What is your next step?
A. In the privacy of your home, vote the candidates and issues of your choice. Place the Ballot back in the secrecy sleeve and envelope provided. Sign the outside of the envelope where indicated. You may return the ballot via US Mail, place in the Delta Township drop box on the north drive, or hand deliver the ballot to the Clerk’s Office.
Q. What if I want to vote at the precinct?
A. Simply do not fill out the absentee application and go to your precinct on Election Day to vote. Or, if you have received your Absentee Ballot, simply surrender the Ballot at your precinct on Election Day and vote in the precinct.
Q. Which elections will I receive absentee ballot applications for?
A. An application will be mailed to all voters on the Permanent AV List for any election scheduled in Riley Township.