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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Absentee Voting Has A New Look! March 10, 2020 Election Information


If you have already submitted an application for this election, an absentee ballot will be mailed to you in early February. Please note that Michigan absentee ballot envelopes have a new look starting this year. Read on to see a sample!

Absentee Ballots
Those who have already applied for an absentee ballot for the March 10, 2020 Election will receive one by mail in early February. Absentee ballots have a new look this year in the State of Michigan, so please keep an eye out for the new blue and white envelope, images of the outer envelope and the inner envelope are displayed below. 

Outer Envelope (Front/Back): 
This is the envelope you will see in the mailbox. The new design is now compliant with standards set by the United States Postal Service.

Inner Envelope (Front/Back): Remember to sign the back before returning your ballot!
You will use the green and white inner envelope to return your absentee ballot. Make sure to sign the back of the green and white inner envelope in the designated space when returning your ballot.


General Information
If you would like to apply for an absentee ballot for this election, please fill out and submit an absentee voting application. You no longer need to provide a reason to request an absentee ballot. 

The City maintains a list of voters who wish to automatically be mailed an absentee voter application for each election, referred to as the Permanent Absent Voter List. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list for absentee voter applications, please either check the appropriate box on the absentee application, or alternatively, submit a signed, written request.

If you need to register to vote, or are unsure of your voter registration status, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center, where online voter registration options are available. Otherwise, you can submit a voter registration form.

Please visit for information on absentee voting, voter registration, locating your precinct, and more. The City Clerk’s Office is located at Rochester City Hall, 400 6th Street, Rochester, MI 48307, open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 248-733-3700 or

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