ELECTION NEWS 2022!
Cass County Redistricting Map - this map has been approved but there is a pending lawsuit which likely won't be resolved until after the May election (Silver Creek does not have a May election for schools). The recent census results and software provided by the State of Michigan were used to prepare redistricting options and this map considers school districts which makes it more consistent for the voters.
April 19th (4:00pm) - last day to file as candidate for partisan & non-partisan offices - get your packet at the County Clerk's office. Required forms: Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing; Statement of Organization; Nominating Petition Signature Requirement or pay a fee.
August 2nd - Primary Election
November 8th - General Election
Need Voter Registration Verification for college? go to Michigan Voter Information Center!
Early voting in Michigan is Absentee voting! You do not need a reason =-)
But you do need a signed application before we can issue a ballot. After receiving a signed application, we can mail your ballot or if you want to pick it up in person we must see your ID.
You will receive your ballot in a sealed envelope. You can take it home or vote it in your car, then return it via mail or put in our election drop box. Be sure to sign the outer envelope.
If you received a AV ballot, please vote it. Processing AV applications and ballots is time consuming and expensive for all taxpayers. If you spoil your ballot (ie: by voting for too many candidates in one office), we are required to ask you to return the ballot to us. You will need your ID and sign an affidavit stating you want your original ballot spoiled and wish to be issued a new ballot. Both AV applications and ballots are tracked per election security requirements, so be patient and bring your ID. If you want to make an appointment, please call us at 269-424-3025 x4.
On election day, we will practice social distancing and ask everyone to wear masks and be patient.
For election security questions/concerns, click here
To receive a ballot by mail, we must receive your signed request before 5pm on the Friday before the election.
Otherwise, you may still request an AV ballot or register during our regular office hours and:
Clerk's additional election hours for ballots/registration:
Blind voters can locate the accessible application to vote absentee at:
VISIT MICHIGAN.GOV/VOTE TO:
. VIEW YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT
. FIND OUT IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE
. FIND YOUR VOTING LOCATION
. TRACK YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT
What ID should I bring?
MICHIGAN VOTERS MUST COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENT OF SHOWING PICTURE IDENTIFICATION.
THE MOST COMMON SOURCE IS YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE OR A 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).
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 WITHOUT PICTURE IDENTIFICATION: 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 THEIR 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.
Interested in working 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 AND QUIZ. THE TRAINING IS PROVIDED BY THE COUNTY CLERK TO ENSURE STANDARDIZED TRAINING. ONCE YOU ARE TRAINED AND PASS THE QUIZ, YOU MAY BE ASKED TO WORK AT A OUR TOWNSHIP OR A CLOSE LOCATION WHO IS IN NEED OF WORKERS. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO SERVE AS AN ELECTION INSPECTOR.
Want to run for office?
CLICK HERE FOR FILING INFORMATION. IF YOU ARE RUNNING FOR COUNTY OFFICE, PLEASE CONTACT THE COUNTY CLERK'S 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-THE PETITION WILL NEED 3-10 SIGNATURES, PLEASE PRINT/SIGN LEGIBLY. PLEASE CALL THE TOWNSHIP CLERK AT 269-424-3025 X4 OR EMAIL AT SILVERCREEK@SISTERLAKESCABLE.COM - YOU WILL NEED TO PICK UP A PETITION IN PERSON OR WE WILL HAVE TO MAIL ONE TO YOU (VIA USPS).
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT!
MI SOS Election Publications and Forms, click here