Date: August 2, 2022 – State Primary Election
Date: November 8, 2022 – State General Election
Oronoko Charter Township Polling Locations:
- A citizen of the United States of America
- 18 years of age on or before the date of the election at which you seek to vote
- A Michigan resident for at least 30 days before the election
- The Secretary of State's office
- The Berrien County Clerk's office
- The Township Clerk's office
- By mail through the Secretary of State's office
What is an absentee ballot?
An alternate way of voting without having to go to the polls on election day.
Who Is Eligible For An Absentee Ballot?
Any registered voter.
Permanent Absent Voter Application
How Do I Apply For An Absentee Ballot?
To apply for an absentee ballot, follow these simple steps:
Contact the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote.
You need to state in your request:
- You are a registered voter of the city or township
- State the address where you are registered to vote
- Advise the clerk where your absentee ballot should be mailed
- Sign your request
When May I Apply?
Applications may not be accepted sooner than 75 days preceding an election.
Mailed-in applications must be received by 5 pm the Friday before an election. Your ballot will be mailed to you.
Voters also can drop off their application in person at their township or city clerk's office by 4 pm the Monday before
Election Day and get their ballot.
Ballots must be signed and received by 8 pm on Election Day.
Letter to the Editor of The Journal Era on July 22, 2020 Regarding Absent Voter Applications
Due to Covid-19, Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson ordered that all registered voters in the State receive an Application to Vote, with the intention to encourage more voters to vote through Absent Voter Ballots (AVBs).
We have all heard unfortunate stories through the national news when AVBs have been “found” after an Election is over. Because of those news stories, some citizens have questioned the process by saying, “I know you only count the AVBs if the vote is close.” Or, “I hear these are never counted.” I want to personally assure each and every voter in Oronoko Charter Township that your vote will count if you vote through an AVB.
Here is an overview on how the process works when a voter requests an Application to Vote by AVB:
1) The date the Application is mailed from our office is recorded in the computer.
2) The date the Application is received from the voter is recorded in the computer.
3) The date the Ballot is mailed to the voter is recorded in the computer.
4) The date the Ballot is received from the voter is recorded in the computer.
We sometimes receive an AVB where the voter has not signed the envelope. In those cases, we contact the voter to have them come in and sign the envelope. On many occasions, we have actually driven to the voter’s house to obtain their signature.
On Election Day, a printout from the computer lists all the information in steps 1 – 4 above. The Applications and the AVBs are matched up and physically counted. That physical count has to match the computer printout. These Applications and Ballots are delivered to a panel of 4 Election Inspectors, whose sole job is to open the AVB envelopes and run the Ballots through the tabulator. This process is repeated as AVBs are received throughout Election Day.
I can assure each voter that if you return your AVB to this office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day and you have signed the envelope . . . Your Vote Will Be Counted!
If you choose to vote in-person rather than use the AVB on Election Day, please be aware that the lines will move slower in August and November than they have in past Elections. The reason is, due to Covid-19 we will have to limit the number of people in the polls at one time. So, if you come to the polls on Election Day, please have patience and understand that it may take you longer this year to cast your vote. Our Election Inspectors work a long day to make sure that you have the right to vote in-person, if you so choose.
We all will do everything we can to keep the process moving as smoothly as possible, whether you vote in-person or by AVB.
Vote! It is important!
Suzanne Renton, Clerk
Oronoko Charter Township