Elections

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           2020 Election Schedule is:   March 10th / August 4th / November 3rd

                      Please click here for additional information regarding new rights                                           for voters.                              

 

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

2020 Scheduled Elections

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.

March 10, 2020 – Presidential Primary Election – (CLOSED PRIMARY)

Voter Registration Deadline – Election Day – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Riley Township residents will have the opportunity to nominate a candidate for office of President at Michigan’s CLOSED PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTION scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, 2020.  The closed primary is set by the Michigan Legislature and requires voter’s voting in this election to select which ballot they will be voting (Democrat or Republican) when completing the application to vote either at the precinct or if applying for an absentee ballot. A ballot cannot be issued to voter until the selection of Democrat or Republican has been made.  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.

The Township Clerk’s Office will be open for extended hours on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 to process voter registration applications and absent voter applications for the following hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 August 4, 2020 – Primary Election – (OPEN PRIMARY)

Voter Registration Deadline – Election Day – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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.

Riley Township residents will have opportunity to vote in the OPEN PRIMARY ELECTION scheduled for Tuesday, August 4, 2020 throughout the State of Michigan.  An open primary has both Democratic and Republican offices on the ballot, but a voter can only vote in one party during the August Primary Election. If a voter “cross-party votes” (votes for candidates in both the Republican and Democratic offices) the partisan section of the ballot will not count. Any non-partisan votes cast on ballot would be valid votes. If voter is at precinct and makes a mistake, they may let an Election Inspector know so the ballot can be spoiled and replaced to vote correctly.  If you are voting by absent voter ballot, please contact the Clerk’s Office at (810)392-2326.  The August Primary is to “reduce the number of candidates” for each office by party. Winners in August Primary Election are placed on the General Election ballot on November 3, 2020. 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.

The Township Clerk’s Office will be open for extended hours on Saturday, August 1st, 2020 to process voter registration applications and absent voter applications for the following hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadline – Election Day – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

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.

The General Election, scheduled both state and nationally, will be electing President of the United States on November 3, 2020, along with many more partisan, and non-partisan offices.  In a General Election all parties, the two major parties; Republican and Democrat and minor parties; Green, Libertarian, Natural Law, U.S. Taxpayers and Working Class that are represented in Michigan will be on the ballot.  In General Elections voters have the choice of voting; “Straight Ticket” Vote the party of your choice. Nothing further needs to be done in partisan section of ballot. “Split Ticket” Voters may vote a straight ticket AND vote for individual candidates of your choice or “Mixed Ticket” Vote for the individual candidates of your choice in each office. Nonpartisan and Proposal Sections of ballot must be voted separately.  When voters choose to vote each office individually the only restriction is, voters must only vote for the number of candidates allowed to be elected as identified under the office heading for each office on the ballot. If the voter votes for more candidates than is allowed the votes within that office will not count. In a precinct, if voter does over-vote or makes any other mistake, the voter should let an Election Inspector know so the ballot can be spoiled and replaced to vote correctly.  If you are voting by absent voter ballot, please contact the Clerk’s Office for instructions on how to spoil, return spoiled ballot and get new ballot issued.  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.

The Township Clerk’s Office will be open for extended hours on Saturday, October 31st, 2020 to process voter registration applications and absent voter applications for the following hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

     

    Election Information

    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

    Voter Registration

    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?

    Voters can request a ballot until 4 p.m. on Monday before election. If voter applies for ballot in person at the Township Clerk’s Office until on Monday before election, voter will be required to vote ballot at the Clerk’s Office. 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 weekend hours 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.

    FAQs

    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.