Absentee Ballot Application:
Absentee voter ballots are available for all elections. They provide voters with a convenient method for casting a ballot when they are unable to attend the polls on Election Day.
As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee voter ballot if you are: age 60 years old or older unable to vote without assistance at the polls expecting to be out of town on election day in jail awaiting arraignment or trial unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)
Requesting an Absentee Voter Ballot:
Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons stated above and your signature. You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing the online application, with a letter or post card, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form at your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to your clerk's office.
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time that made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee voter ballot.
May 2, 2017 Special Election
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Public Notary Services:
Bedford Township provides notary services to its residents as a service. There are two notaries available for your convenience at no charge. A Notary is actually witnessing you sign a document, and verifying the accurateness of the document being signed. Do not PRE-SIGN your documents before coming into a notary's office.
VoteFirst Steps to Voting
To register to vote you must be …
- a U.S. citizen;
- at least 18 years of age by election day;
- a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail; at your county, city, or township clerk's office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. 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.
You must register at least 30 days before the election. This gives the clerk time to process the forms and send you a Voter Identification Card. You must also re-register to vote whenever you move to a new city or township.
Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch office, by mail, or at any other location where voter registrations are accepted. Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver's license purposes. Consequently, if you submit a driver's license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration. Similarly, if you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver's license.
If you have never voted in Michigan and register by mail, you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. This requirement does not apply if (1) you personally hand deliver the mail registration form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form (2) you are 60 years of age or more (3) you are disabled or (4) you are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. If you have never voted in Michigan and register by mail, you may also be subject to a new identification requirement provided under federal law. The identification requirement is explained on the mail-in registration form.
Please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center Homepage for requirements and guidelines for voting. This website will help you with the following:
- Determine if you are registered to vote
- Find your polling location
- Contact your local election official
- Learn to use your voting equipment
- Find answers to frequently asked questions
Voters should keep in mind that they will be required to present photo ID at the polls, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Voters who do not have a Michigan driver's license or identification card can show the following forms of photo ID:
- Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
- Federal or state government-issued photo identification
- U.S. Passport
- Military identification card with photo
- Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, such as a college or university
- Tribal identification card with photo
Anyone who does not have an acceptable form of photo ID or is not carrying one can still vote. They will sign a brief form stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.
Voting Precincts and Locations:
Bedford Lions Club
22116 N. Bedford Road
Bedford Township Offices
115 S. Uldriks Drive
St. Jerome Church
229 Collier Avenue
Bedford Fire Station 5902 Morgan Road
Voting System Information:
Voter Assist Terminal Ballot Marking SystemThe ES&S AutoMARK™ voter assist terminal is a ballot-marking system designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are blind, vision-impaired, or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot in the usual way. The technology also provides language assistance to voters who are more comfortable speaking a different language or who need help to better understand written instructions.Optical Scan Voting Machine
The Optech Insight® is the successor to the popular Optech III-P Eagle® optical scan voting machine. Voters are provided a 1, 2 or 3 column ballot which they mark with a pen or pencil. The Insight recognizes virtually any marking device. Voters record their selections by completing the arrow opposite the candidate or issue of their choice.
After voting at a polling location the voter feeds his or her ballot into the Optech Insight®, where it is tabulated and automatically stored in the locked ballot box. Incorrectly marked ballots can be returned to the voter for review and correction. The Optech Insight® handles absentee ballots as a central count device for small to medium jurisdictions.
Election results are stored on the memory of the machine and on a proprietary Optech Memory Pack. Precinct results can be transmitted to an election center via a built-in cellular or land-line modem, or by simply removing the Memory Pack and transporting it to a tabulation center where it is read within a matter of seconds.