LOCAL ELECTION UPDATES!
* 9 days of early voting does not start until state and federal elections in 2024.
AV ballots - Sorry but you can not pick up a ballot for a spouse or family. We have to mail it or they have to come to the township so we can hand it to them. (And we have to ask for their photo ID and have them sign a form.)
It is a felony to sign an application for someone else to request a ballot. Making a false statement on an AV application is a misdemeanor.
You can mail them back, put them in our heavy duty drop box 24/7 in the breezeway. You can also turn them in to us during our office hours but we are required to see your ID.
If you plan to vote in person, please note:
"If it's on the ballot, You can't wear it!"
This applies to both candidates and offices on the ballot.
If you wish to vote AV (Absentee Voter), you must sign an AV application and return it. We check the signature to make sure it matches what is provided by the SOS.
You may sign an AV application online at:
You may also come in person during our regular office hours, bring your ID and sign an AV application. It may take 5 minutes or so while we log in receipt of your application and assign a numbered ballot.
Please do not throw out a ballot.
*They are expensive.
* We track each one of them.
*If you make a mistake or want to vote in person, we have to ask that you bring in your ballot for tracking purposes. You also have to sign an affidavit stating you want to spoil the original ballot and if you will vote in person or want a new AV ballot.
*Thank you for your patience while we process your new request as there are several steps involved to maintain security and tracking of each ballot and application.
New election drop box
We have a new metal election mailbox in our breezeway! You can drop off your AV applications and AV ballots anytime!
Early voting in Michigan is Absentee voting!
AV BALLOT - BY MAIL OR PICKING IT UP IN PERSON - YOU STILL NEED TO COMPLETE AN AV APPLICATION
*We need a signed application from you before we can issue a ballot.
*Be sure to check the correct boxes at the top, sign/date and include your phone number in case we need to contact you.
*If you mail in your application, we will mail you a ballot as soon as we have them.
*If you want want to pick up your ballot in person, we will ask for your id. You will receive your ballot in a sealed envelope. Be sure to sign the outer envelope!
*All ballots can be returned mail or put in our election drop box.
NOTE: AV BALLOTS ARE SECURELY STORED UNTIL TABULATED ON ELECTION DAY.
Want an appointment?
If you want an appointment to register or pick up an application or ballot, please give us a call at 269-424-3025 x4. or send us an email.
Last day to receive an AV ballot by mail
*We must receive your signed request
before 5pm on the Friday before the election in order to mail you an av ballot.
*Voters with disabilities can locate the accessible application to vote absentee at:
Want to work as an election inspector?
Click here for our election inspector application. Then return your application to:
Silver Creek Township Clerk
PO Box 464
Dowagiac, MI 49047
You will need to take and pass the election inspector training. The training is provided by the county clerk to ensure standardized training and your training is good for 2 years.
You may be asked to work at various locations in the county in order to keep a balance of workers from political parties.
For military or overseas:
View your sample ballot
Track your Absentee Ballot
Find out of if you are registered to vote
Find your voting location
Voter registration for college, etc.
Questions about election security? Click here
ELECTION DAY QUESTIONS
What ID should I bring?
Voters are supposed to bring a picture identification with them. The most common source is your Driver’s License or State ID card. The following forms of picture identification may also be used as long as they are current:
· Federal or state government-issued photo identification (driver’s license or state identification card from any state).
· U.S. passport
· Military id card with photo
· Student id card with photo from high school or an accredited institution of higher education
· Tribal id card with photo.
Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification may vote after signing an affidavit of voter not in possession of any form of identification.
Are selfies allowed?
Voters are allowed to take a photograph of
only your own ballot and only while you are within the voting booth!
You may not:
*take a selfie of yourself, either in the voting booth or anywhere within the area where people are voting.
*take any other type of photograph within the area where people are voting.
*share images of a voted ballot within 100 feet from the polling place - this is a buffer zone where electioneering is prohibited.
Want to run for office?
Click here for filing information from SOS.
(if you are running for county office, please contact the county clerk's office.)
Note: The county clerk's office also has the required forms for running for a township office.
If you are running for a township office, you will need 3 forms:
1-click here for the statement of organization - this must be sent to county clerk at:
Cass county clerk, 120 n. Broadway suite 123, cassopolis mi 49031.
2-click here for the affidavit of identity - this must be notarized before you turn it in to the township clerk with your petition.
3-a petition with a minimum of 3 valid signatures; please print & sign all info legibly. Petitions are available from the township clerk; you can pick it up in person or call/email and we will mail one to you.
Thank you for participating in your local government!