Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to the clerk at the address listed to the left. Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons stated above and your signature. You may request an absentee voter ballot by; mailing the online application, with a letter or post card, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form at the clerk's office. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
Download your Absentee Ballot Application for the May 7, 2013 Election here
Once your request is received, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any other address listed by you.
After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to the clerk's office.
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time that made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee voter ballot.
Voting is one of the most cherished and fundamental rights in our country. If you are eligible to obtain an absentee voter ballot and cannot attend the polls on Election Day, use of the absentee voter ballot is strongly encouraged.
The Hartland Township Cerk's office will be open on the Saturday preceding each election from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to process absentee voter applications. Absentee voter ballots may also be obtained by a voter in person anytime up to 4:00p.m. on the day prior to the election. A voter obtaining their ballot at the Clerk's office the day prior to the election must vote the ballot in the office, the voter is not permitted to leave the office with the ballot.