Two documents for the February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary have been mailed out: permanent absentee voter ballot selection forms, and absentee voter applications.
Permanent Absentee Voter Ballot Selection Form
With the passage of proposal 2 in November 2022, Michigan voters can choose to be on a permanent absentee voter list and automatically receive a ballot for each election without having to apply each election.
Normally, we will mail voters on the permanent absentee voter list a ballot. However, for Presidential Primary elections there are two separate ballots, one for each party. Voters may only participate in one primary, so each voter must request which ballot you would like to receive – Democratic or Republican.
The form you will receive if you are already on the permanent absentee voter list will look like the one shown here.
Please note that these are open primaries, and any voter can participate in either primary, regardless of party affiliation or non-affiliation.
If you are not on the permanent absentee voter list but would like to be, please see the next section.
Absentee Voter Application
If you are on the permanent voter absentee voter application list, you will be receiving an absentee voter ballot application form. The form looks like the one shown here.
This application form was created by the State for use by all local governments in Michigan, and there are a few things to be aware of:
You may choose to receive ballots for the February, August, and November elections. There is also a choice for a May election, however, there is currently not a May election scheduled. If you choose the May box, you will not receive a ballot for that non-existent election.
Be sure to choose which ballot you want for the February Presidential Primary! There are choices for Democratic, Republican, and a ballot without a Presidential Primary in the highlighted area.
Do not choose the Ballot without Presidential Primary. This option is for locations where there are other items on the ballot other than the Presidential Primary. There are no other questions on the February ballot, so there is no ballot for the third option.
Please note the check box at the top right hand corner of the application form. You can choose to join the permanent absentee voter list and you will be sent a ballot for each election without having to apply.
You can also apply for an absentee ballot AND join the permanent absentee voter list online at: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/AVApplication/Index