Election Department

Election Dates: Including Deadlines to File

April 21, 2020 By 4:00 p.m., Candidates for partisan and nonpartisan offices (other than judicial candidates) file nominating petitions (or fees if applicable) and Affidavit of Identity for the August primary. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on April 24. (168.93, 133 and 163 for federal and state-level offices; assorted other statutes for local offices)

July 16, 2020 By 4:00 p.m., Candidates  without political party affiliation seeking partisan offices file qualifying petitions and Affidavit of Identity for the November general election. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 20. (168.590c)

July 21, 2020, By 4:00 p.m., Candidates for Local School Board and Community College Trustee file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition. (A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.) Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 24. (168.303; 389.152) For November Election

July 21, 2020 Powell Township Public Accuracy test starts at 10am

July 24, 2020 By 4:00 p.m., Write-in candidates other than write-in candidates who seek precinct delegate positions file Declaration of Intent forms for the August primary. (168.737a)

August 1, 2020 Special Powell Township Clerk Hours for voter registration

August 4, 2020 STATE PRIMARY ELECTION

October 20, 2020 Powell Township Public Accuracy test starts at 10am

Oct. 23, 2020 By 4:00 p.m., Write-in candidates file Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election. (168.737a)

October 31, 2020 Special Powell Township Clerk Hours for voter registration

November 3, 2020 STATE GENERAL ELECTION

Absent Voter

Michigan has passed that all registered voters can be an absent voter (AV). Ballots are mailed to the address provided on an Absent Voter Application. Every Election needs an Absent Voter Application on file before the ballot can be sent. Most Absent Voters want to be on the Permanent Absent Voter list that the Powell Township Clerk’s Office maintains. For every upcoming election (unless there were dual AV applications available) the applications are mailed to the registered mailing address. These applications can be returned by email (once scanned with signature), mail, or dropped off at the office. If the voter decides that they would like to vote in person they do not have to return the application. It also serves as a reminder that we are indeed having an election in Powell Township.

Sometimes during elections, political parties will also mail AV applications to voters. There is nothing wrong with delivering these applications to the Powell Township Clerk’s Office but one does not have to return them, especially if you have already returned the application delivered by Township Clerk’s Office.

The Secretary of State website also has Absent voter  applications to print and return to the local Township Clerk. 

It’s important to know that signatures on the applications and then on the returned ballot are essential! These signatures are verified with registration and against application. 

Registration

Registration to vote is easy. Most Registration is done with the DMV when your address is changed on your drivers license or when renewal of your license is done. Voters can register with the DMV up to 14 days prior to the election. At that cutoff to be able to register to vote in your jurisdiction you must come to your local Clerk to register to vote, in person or by mail up to the day of election where you will be either sent an Voter ID card in the mailing address provided or in-person. On the day of Election, proof of residency is needed for registration and ballot to count. Without proof of residency, you will be registered to vote for the next election.

Powell Township is oddly shaped and there are cases of residents that are closer to Big Bay, that have mailing addresses to Big Bay, but are in other voting jurisdictions. County Road 550 is notorious for weaving into other jurisdictions. The street index between the jurisdictions should be complete, but there are cases where voters in the same house might be registered to vote in separate jurisdictions. The Township Clerk works with the other voting jurisdictions, the Powell Township Zoning Admin, and with the Secretary of State’s Voter Registration Team to correct any discrepancies.

Special Hours for the Powell Township Clerks Office are the Saturday prior to the election 9am – 5pm (these will be posted in the paper with all of Marquette County)

Polling Locations

Township Hall

Halfway Fire Hall

Contact

Powell Township Clerk

Samantha Morin

906-345-9345 X12

clerk@powelltownship.org

Powell Township Deputy Clerk

Leah Fraley

906-345-9345 X15

dep-clerk@powelltownship.org