Important Election Dates:



4.18.2023           Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the May special election.

4.19.2023           By 8pm.  In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency.

4.28.2023           By 5pm.  Electors may obtain a absent voter ballot via First Class mail.

4.28.2023           By 5pm.  Voters may submit written request to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive a new ballot by mail.

5.1.2023              By 4pm.  Electors may obtain absent voter ballot in person in the clerk’s office.

5.1.2023              By 7pm.  Electors who have returned their absent voter ballot may submit a written request in person to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive new ballot in the clerk’s office.

5.1.2023              By 7pm.  Electors who have lot their absent voter ballot or not yet received their ballot in the mail may submit a written request in person to spoil their absent voter ballot and receive a new ballot in the clerk’s office.

5.2.2023            By 8pm.  Election Day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in the local clerk’s office with proof of residency or vote in person in the proper precinct.


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)

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. 

Returning Ballots

Options to return Absent Voter ballots include by mail, in person, or in Township locked drop box. 

Return mailing address is included on the AV ballot. PO Box 319 Big Bay, MI 49808

One can return Absent Voter ballots in person and in the drop box up to the day of Election to the Clerk or Deputy Clerk. The location for the drop box is outside the Township Offices at 101 Bensinger St Big Bay, MI 49808

Election Workers Needed

Powell Township has had an experienced crew to work the elections but with new concerns and changing software, we are looking for more Election Workers and Election Chairs that would like to work day of Election. These are paid positions and the Election Chair would receive a higher amount. Positions are available for the Halfway Location and the Township Hall. Training is provided by the Marquette County Clerk and supplemented by Township Clerk. Mileage to take the course is covered. The training is valid for two years as an Election Worker though it’s always encouraged to join further trainings for new knowledge. 

Polling Location

Township Hall


Powell Township Clerk

Mitch Walker

906-345-9345 X12

Powell Township Deputy Clerk

Sue Bevins

906-345-9345, x15