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Registration & Voting Absentee Information


You MUST register to vote 30 days before the day of Election which you wish to vote.


  • In person at the Saline City Clerk’s office, Monday – Friday, excluding holidays 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • In person at any Secretary of State Branch office, (where you also apply for a drivers’ license).
  • In person at the County Clerk’s office, 200 N. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI
  • In person at designated Voter Registration offices, such as:  Michigan Department of Human

Services & Michigan Department of Community Health.

  • In person at a local Armed Forces Recruitment Office.
  • By Mail – 100 N. Harris Street, Saline, MI  48176.  Application is available on the city’s

Website under the Clerk’s Department

If mailing your application for Voter Registration, the postmark date MUST be 30 days before the election date.


Michigan Election law states that the same address must be used for your voter registration and Michigan drivers’ license.

Many college students inquire whether they may vote in the state or campus community where they attend college.

If you change your address to another address (e.g. campus) on your voter registration application, the Secretary of State WILL change your Michigan drivers’ license or personal ID card (PID) to match this address.  Note:  if you register to vote using your campus address, you will not be voting for your hometown candidates or proposals (if you campus is in another state/city).

On your voter registration application, you may designate a preferred mailing address, such as your campus address (to receive mail related to your voter registration)


Absentee Ballots are available 45 days before each election.  If you wish to vote absentee, you must submit an application for absentee ballot for each election.

The Clerk’s office maintains a permanent list of absentee voters.  You may ask to place your name on this list to automatically receive the Absent Voter Application prior to each election.

To be placed on the permanent absentee voter list, you must provide to the Clerk’s office your name, address, signature, date of birth, and a reason for the absentee ballot.  You will also need to include the mailing address to sent your absentee voter application if different than your registered address.


If you expect to be absent on Election Day from the area where you are registered to vote, you may request an absentee ballot, by written request, to the clerk of the city or township where you are registered.

Your written request must include your signature, the address to mail the ballot to, and the reason you are requesting to vote absentee.  You may phone or e-mail the Clerk’s office to request an Absent Voter Application form.  The application is also available on-line at


If you will be away at college, you will need to plan in advance if you wish to vote by absentee ballot.

If you register by mail, are a first time voter, and plan to vote absentee, you will need to stop by the Clerk’s office BEFORE you will be issued an absentee ballot to have an official witness your signature.

If you register in person, you have the option of requesting an absentee ballot or voting in person on Election Day.

The key rule to remember is that the FIRST time you vote, an official must have witnessed your signature to validate your registration to vote.



After your voter registration has been processed, you should receive a Voter Identification card.  Your I.D. card will be mailed to your registration address and provides information about your precinct and voting location.

You do not need to bring your Voter Identification card with you to vote.  You WILL need a photo ID, such as a drivers’ license, passport, student ID, or state-issued photo ID.  If you forget your ID when you go to vote in person, you will need to sign an affidavit before voting.

You can check your voter registration status, as well as your precinct location at:

The Saline City Clerk’s office is open on the Saturday prior to each election from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to issue absentee ballots to voters that are unable to vote on Election Day.  These ballots may be completed on the spot at the Clerk’s office.

All absentee ballots must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.

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