Elections

Administration

All federal, state, and local elections are administered by the City Clerk. 

Pursuant to state election law, polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on all election days. You must vote at the polling place for the precinct in which you reside.

Please visit the links on the left side of this page for more information on absentee voting, voter registration, locating your precinct, and other general information. Important election dates and other information are also regularly posted on the City website's front page under news and announcements. You can subscribe to the City's news and announcements here.

If you need assistance, please contact the City Clerk's Office via email or phone, (248) 651-9061.


Candidate Filing Procedures

Nominating Petitions and the Affidavit of Identity are now available for pick-up at City Hall, 400 6th Street. 

Pursuant to state election law, the Nominating Petitions are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 

The deadline to submit a written notice of withdrawal is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Section 4.1 of the Rochester City Charter states that, “no person shall be eligible for any elective office of the City unless he or she is at least 25 years of age, a qualified registered elector in the City, and a City resident for at least one year before the election”.

An August Primary will be held only if 9 or more candidates file petitions.  Should the August Primary be cancelled, all qualified candidates will appear on the November 5, 2019 General Election ballot.

The number of signatures needed on the Nominating Petitions, as required by Section 5.10 of the City Charter, cannot be less than 25 nor more than 50, of registered electors of the City of Rochester.

The Affidavit of Identity must be submitted with the Nominating Petitions, and must be notarized. If you need a notary at City Hall, please call (248) 651-9061 ahead to ensure a notary will be available.