Elections

What's New

On November, 2022, the voters of Michigan passed Proposal 2 which amended the Michigan Constitution and enhanced voters' options for voting. In the first half of 2023, the Michigan Legislature passed a series of bills, that were subsequently signed by the Governor, to implement Proposal 2 throughout Michigan. The voters of The City of the Village of Clarkston will see these new options in place beginning with the new year 2024 elections. A few of the most prominent new options are:

  • 9 Days of Early Voting: Voters will be able to vote and tabulate their ballots at the Early Voting Centers. There are two different site options available to Independence Township electors that wish to vote early:                   
                  Bay Court Park at Brady Lodge
     6970 Andersonville Rd.
                              Clarkston, MI  48346                                                                                          OR                                                                                                                                  
    Waterford Oaks Activity Center
     2800 Watkins Lake Rd.
                              Waterford, MI  48828                                                                                                                                            DATES: 
    2/17/24 - 2/25/24 HOURS: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, except Thursday when hours are noon to 8:00 pm.
  • Permanent Mail Ballot: Voters are allowed to complete one application, then the City Clerk's Office will automatically mail their absentee ballots before each election (unless the voter moves from Michigan, or is no longer eligible to vote)

Drop Box Location

The City of the Village of Clarkston has a official election drop box for absentee voters (AV). Our election drop box that is located at City Hall 375 Depot Rd., Clarkston is:

  • Safe. Drop box is locked. The Clerk's office is the only department that can lock and unlock the drop box.
  • Video/Monitored 24/7.
  • Emptied multiple times a day.

How is early voting different from absentee voting?

Both early in-person voting and absentee voting allow voters to cast a ballot prior to Election Day. However, there are important differences between the two choices in voting.

Absentee VotingEarly In-person Voting
How you cast your ballot - Absentee voting allows you to complete your absentee ballot at home or at the clerk’s office. You can then submit your ballot in an envelope by mail, in person, or by drop box. After an absentee ballot is received by our Clerk's Office, your absentee ballot is processed and tabulated by the clerk.How you cast your ballot - Early in-person voting is similar to how you would at your precinct on Election Day. Voters are issued a ballot and can personally insert it into the tabulator at the early voting site.


Important Dates to Remember

  • Saturday, February 17th, 2024 Early Voting Begins @ Early Voting Center located inside the Brady Lodge at Bay Court Park for 9 days before each Election Day. 2/17/24 - 2/25/24 HOURS: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, except Thursday when hours are noon to 8:00 pm.
  • Clerk's Office Open Late for AV Ballots | Friday, February 16th, 2024 until 5pm
  • Election Day - Polls Open | Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 7am-8pm
  • AV Ballots Due to City Clerk | Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 8pm

Upcoming Elections

2024 Election Dates:
Tuesday, February 27: Presidential Primary Election
Tuesday, August 6: Primary Election
Tuesday, November 5: General Election

Contact the City of the Village of Clarkston at 248-625-1559 for your absentee ballot or if you have any questions.

Clarkston City Hall, 375 Depot Rd., Clarkston, MI 48346


Voting Qualifications

  • You must be a citizen of the United States and at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the election in which you seek to vote.
  • You must have been a resident of the City of the Village of Clarkston for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You must be registered to vote in the City of the Village of Clarkston on or before the close of registration preceding the election in which you seek to vote.

Voter Registration

Residents may register to vote:

  • At the City of the Village of Clarkston Clerk’s Office.
  • At the nearest branch office of the Secretary of State that provides driver's licenses.
  • By mailing an application to the Clerk's Office. Check with the Clerk about restrictions on first-time absentee voting.

Military and Overseas Civilian Voter Information

https://www.fvap.gov/michigan

Michigan Voter Information Center

https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/