Absentee Voting

All registered voters are eligible to receive an absentee ballot! 

The City of Traverse City is preparing to mail Absentee Ballot Applications to City electors for the upcoming election held in the City of Traverse City on November 7, 2023.

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absentee ballot without providing a reason. 

Permanent Absentee Ballot List

Due to the 2022 passage of the statewide ballot proposal 22-2, all registered voters in Michigan may now join the Permanent Absentee Ballot List. This would mean, completing an application once, and receiving an absentee ballot for all elections moving forward. If you move within the State of Michigan, and update your voter registration address, your status on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List will remain.

To receive an absentee ballot for a given election, please visit the online portal for requesting an absentee ballot at www.michigan.gov/vote or complete the Absentee Ballot Application.

Absentee Ballot Applications must be returned the City Clerk's Office:

Mail or In Person or Drop Box
City Clerk's Office
400 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684

Simply snap a photo of your completed Absentee Voter Application and email tcclerk@traversecitymi.gov


Persons who can legally be in possession of an absent voter ballot issued to an absent voter are limited to the absent voter; a person who is a member of the absent voter's household and who has been asked by the absent voter to return the ballot; a person whose job it is to handle mail before, during, or after being transported by a public postal service, express mail service, parcel post services, or common carrier, but only during the normal course of his or her employment; and the Clerk, assistants of the Clerk, and other authorized election officials of the City, Township, Village or school district. Any other person in possession of an absent voter ballot is guilty of a FELONY. PURSUANT TO STATE LAW, A FRIEND WHO DOES NOT LIVE WITH YOU OR NEIGHBOR MAY NO LONGER RETURN YOUR ABSENT VOTER BALLOT FOR YOU.