Thursday, September 19, 2019
Election Information
Cass County Elections

The County Clerk's Office oversees all elections conducted in Cass County.




Photo Identification Requirement to Vote
As of the November 6, 2007 election, every Michigan voter who offers to vote at the polls must show picture identification or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.
To implement this requirement, precinct election inspectors will ask voters for photo identification at the polls. If the voter does not have an acceptable photo ID in his or her possession, that voter may sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. A voter who completes an affidavit will be allowed to vote a regular ballot. 
Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver's license or a Michigan personal identification card.
The following are also acceptable forms of photo identification as long as they are current:
  • Non-Michigan Driver's License or Personal identification card
  • Federal or State Government-issued photo identification
  • U.S. Passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification with photo - high school or accredited institution of higher education
  • Tribal identification card with photo
Voting Information
You may register to vote if:
1. You are a citizen of the United States.
2. You are at least 18 years of age on or before the next scheduled election.
3. You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
4. You have registered on or before the close of registration preceding the election.
The last day to register before an election occurs is 5:00 p.m. on the 30th day preceding the election. You do not have to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.
You can register at any of the following offices:
  • Secretary of State branch office
  • County Clerk's Office
  • City, Township or Village Office
Absentee Voting Procedures
You may obtain an absentee ballot from the city or township office where you are registered if any of the following conditions exist:
  • You expect to be absent from your community the entire time the polls are open on election day.
  • You are physically unable to attend the polls without assistance.
  • You cannot attend the polls because of religious beliefs.
  • You have been appointed a precinct inspector outside of your community.
  • You are 60 years of age or older.
  • You are confined in jail or prison awaiting arraignment or trial.
You are able to apply for an absent voter ballot in writing by:
  • Sending a letter or post card to your local clerk
  • Absentee ballot application 
  • In person at your local clerk's office
The deadline to apply for an absent voter ballot by mail is 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the election. After that point in time, you may vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office up until 4 p.m. on the day before the election.

Running for Office

Nominating petitions are available from election officials on the county and local levels. Petition sheets may be purchased from commercial suppliers or the candidate may make photo copies if they are exactly the same as the originals. 
Petitions are filed with the following official:

Michigan Secretary of State
Cass County Clerk
Local Clerk
County Commissioner
Prosecuting Attorney
Drain Commissioner
Probate Court Judge
District Court Judge
Circuit Court Judge
City, Township or Village Officials
Public Schools

Petitions are filed on or before 4 p.m. on the 12th Tuesday preceding the August Primary Election for state offices, county offices and township offices. Petitions for school board candidates are filed on or before 4 p.m. on the 9th Monday before the school election.
Partisan candidates for State Senator, State Representative, County Offices and County Commission Districts may file a $100 fee in lieu of nominating petitions.
The filing fee is deposited in the general fund of the county and is refunded to candidates who are nominated.
Write-In Candidates
Candidates who wish to run as a write-in candidate must file a Declaration of Intent with the appropriate filing official by 4 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election.



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