Van Buren Township

Frequently Asked Questions

Election Information

Do you know there are three ways to vote in Michigan in 2024?


Absentee Voting: Absentee voting allows individuals to vote without being physically present at the polling place. These ballots can be submitted to the Clerk's Office in person or by mail. They are placed inside an envelope signed by the voter and securely stored in the Clerk's Office until Election Day when they are counted.  Voters can select a new checkbox on the Absent Voter Ballot Application to join the Permanent Absent Voter List. 

By doing so, they will automatically receive an Absentee Voter Ballot Application before every election they are eligible to participate in. The voter can then decide whether to apply for a ballot.

Please be aware that postal services cannot forward ballots. If you will be at a different address during the election, contacting the Clerk's Office to update your mailing address is essential.

Early Voting/Early In-Person Voting: Distinct from absentee voting, early voting is a nine-day period of in-person voting that commences on the second Saturday before State and Federal elections and concludes on the Sunday before the election. During early voting, voters cast their filled-in ballots through a tabulator. Once submitted, these ballots cannot be altered and will be securely stored until the end of the day. At that point, election workers from both political parties will place the ballots into a Secure Ballot Box, a secure repository for absentee ballots or applications to vote. This box is sealed, and the tabulator is temporarily suspended for the evening. It resumes operation the following morning after proper inspection, ensuring that vote tallies cannot be accessed before 8 pm on Election Day. This safeguards the votes' security, integrity, and validity. Keep an eye out for a mailer providing information about the locations of early voting sites.

Vote on Election Day at Your Polling Location: Voting at your designated location on Election Day will remain unchanged. There are no alterations to your Election Day polling locations at this time.

Where do I go to vote in person on Election Day?
Find your polling location address by clicking here
Click Here to look up your polling place by your home address.
How do I request an absentee ballot?
How do I return my absentee ballot?
Click here
How do I register to vote?
You can register in person at the Clerk's Office, my mail or online.
How do I file for office?
Please visit our Candidate Information page.
How do I find out who my state representative or what my district number is?
Find that information here.
Should I apply to be an election inspector?
Absolutely! We are always in need of assistance during election time. Click here for more information.


How do I submit a FOIA request?
How long does it take to receive a response?

Public bodies in Michigan have 5 business days after legal date of receipt to respond to a FOIA, however, a public body has the right to request an additional 10 days if needed.  Find more information here.


What is the cost for a plot or a burial?
2024 Cemetery Fee Schedule
How do I purchase a cemetery plot?
We recommend you first schedule an appointment to meet a member of our staff at the desired cemetery to select a plot. Once a plot has been selected, visit the Clerk’s Office to make the payment and receive your certificate.