Elections Administrators –
Dusty Farmer, Clerk
Melissa Rugg, Deputy Clerk
269-216-5224 | email@example.com
MEETING NOTICES ARE PUBLISHED ON THE NOTICE BOARD.
Click here to view information about absentee ballot procedure(PDF, 150KB)
If you have requested a ballot but did not receive one, please contact our office. If you received a ballot but decided you want to vote in person, you can either take the ballot to the polls and turn it in or you can destroy it and sign an affidavit to vote in person. If you lost your ballot, please contact our office to go through the process to receive a new one.
Applications can be returned by mail, drop box, or email. Ballots can be returned by drop box and mail.
If you would like more information regarding an accessible ballot, please call 216-5224.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
You can find ballot information by jurisdiction and view a personalized sample ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center
Polls are open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m.
Register to Vote
To register to vote you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by election day, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. You can register to vote online at www.michigan.gov/vote
You may also register by mail by completing this voter registration application and mailing it directly to the Oshtemo Clerk’s Office at 7275 West Main St., Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
In addition, the following State agencies offer voter registration services to their clients: Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health and the Department of Career Development. Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.
The Michigan Voter Information Center can assist in identifying if you are a registered voter. The site also provides other useful information including precinct locations & maps and a calendar of important election dates.
All voters are assigned a precinct at the time of registration that can be found on their voter identification card. Voters must vote at their assigned precinct. The Michigan Voter Information Center also provides polling location information, along with other valuable information such as sample ballots, contact information, and dates.
You can also find precinct and district map here.
All registered voters are eligible to vote via an absentee ballot. You can find more information about voting by absentee ballots and apply for a ballot here. All voters are also eligible to request to be on the permanent ballot list, and a ballot will be sent to your registration address each election.
Photo ID at the Polls
Precinct election workers are required to ask for photo identification at the polls. The following are acceptable forms of photo identification assuming they are current and a picture is provided:
- Michigan Driver’s License or Personal ID
- Non-Michigan Driver’s License or Personal ID
- Federal or state government-issued ID
- U.S. passport
- Military ID
- Student ID – high school or accredited institution of higher education
- Tribal ID card
If no photo ID is available, that voter may sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of a photo ID and vote a regular ballot.
Work at the Polls
Becoming an election worker is a great way to get involved in our community! Oshtemo has 10 election precincts and 3 absentee counting boards, and we are always recruiting more workers. As the technology used in election processes continues to change, it is more important than ever to have qualified people serving as election workers. Poll workers are required to be registered voters in the State of Michigan. To apply, submit a Poll worker Application(PDF, 461KB) to the Clerk’s office.
Here is a video that will help voters become more familiar with our voting equipment (This video contains closed captions) :
We have new Voter Assist Terminals in Kalamazoo County. Anyone can use these touch screen machines, then print your ballot before running it through the voting tabulator. Watch the video below to learn more! (This video contains closed captions)