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 green tab 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) 733-3700, extension 235 for Elections.

March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary Election Information

Notice of Registration for the Election to be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Any qualified elector of the City of Rochester who is not already registered, may register to vote at the office of the City Clerk; the office of the County Clerk; a Secretary of State branch office, or other designated state agency.  Registration forms can be obtained at mi.gov/vote and mailed to the City Clerk.  Voters who are already registered may update their registration at www.expressSOS.com.

***The last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk was Monday, February 24, 2020***

After this date, anyone who qualifies as an elector may register to vote in person with proof of residency (MCL 168.492) at the City of Rochester Clerk’s Office, located at 400 Sixth Street, Rochester, MI  48307 at the following times.

  • Regular business hours:  Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Election Day, Tuesday, March 10, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The City of Rochester will be voting on:

  • Democratic Party Presidential Primary
  • Republican Party Presidential Primary
  • PROPOSAL:  Renewal of Oakland County Art Institute Authority Millage

Full text of the ballot proposal may be obtained at the Rochester City Clerk’s Office, 400 Sixth Street, Rochester MI, 48307, or a sample ballot may be viewed at the Michigan Voter Information Center under the "View Ballots By Precinct" tab

New Look for Absentee Voting

Absentee Ballots for the March 10, 2020 Election are now available by mail or in person. Absentee ballots have a new look beginning this year. This design is now compliant with standards set by the United States Postal Service and is used throughout the State of Michigan.

The blue and white outer envelope is the one you will see in the mailbox or pick up at City Hall. 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.