Elections & Voter Registration

Local Election on November 7, 2023

A ten-year special education millage proposal of .9 mills per year will be on the ballot for residents in the Eaton RESA (Regional Education Service Area).  In Watertown Township, this will include residents in the Grand Ledge Public School District.  No other Watertown Township voters will have an election on this date.

We will begin mailing absent voter ballots by the end of September.  To request an absent voter ballot:

Track your absent voter application or ballot at www.Michigan.gov/vote (complete Your Voter information).

View a sample ballot at www.Michigan.gov/vote (complete Your Voter Information).

Ballots can be returned 24/7 via secure drop box located at the Township Hall or mailed using the postage-paid envelope provided with your ballot.  

In Person Voting Location:  12803 S. Wacousta Road, Grand Ledge, MI  48837

Polls Open:  7am - 8pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Early, In Person Voting is Coming to Michigan Elections in 2024

The passage of Proposal 22-2 at the November 8, 2022, General Election has brought significant change to Michigan election law, including the introduction of nine days of early, in-person voting.  More information about the change is available from the Michigan Department of State here.  

Registration Information

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day, not serving a sentence in jail or prison, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are registering to vote for at least 30 days before Election Day.  For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State website, or contact the Township Clerk's Office.

Registering to vote 15 or more days before an election?  Register at these locations:

  • Online through the Michigan Voter Information Center
  • Any Secretary of State branch office
  • A designated state agency
  • By mail (must be postmarked or delivered no later than 15 days before Election Day): Voter Registration Application
  • Watertown Township Clerk's Office

Registering to vote 14 or fewer days before an election, including Election Day?  Register in person at the Watertown Township Clerk's Office (residency verification required).  Voters who register at the Township Clerk's Office on Election Day can receive a ballot and vote that day.  Voters who register 14 or fewer days before the election may be issued a "challenged ballot," depending on the proof of residency provided.  Proof of residency includes:  Michigan driver's license or state ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check, or other government document.

Absentee Voting Information

All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may request an absent voter ballot without declaring a reason.  To vote by absent voter ballot, return a completed Absent Voter Ballot Application (or apply for your ballot online).  Once a completed application is returned and the voter's signature is verified, a ballot is mailed to the voter at their registered home address.  Absentee ballots can not be forwarded by the USPS.  If you would like to receive your ballot at a different address, include that information on the application. 

Voters can track the status of their absent voter application and ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center.

Note:  Voters returning their application after 5pm the Friday before an election should do so in person at the Township Clerk's Office.  Ballots can not be mailed to voters after 5pm the Friday before an election; after this time, the voter must pick up the ballot in person.  Absent voter ballots can be issued until 4pm the Monday before the election.

Please include your phone number or email address on your absent voter ballot application so that we can contact you if there are signature issues.

Ballots can be returned 24/7 via secure drop box located at the Township Hall or mailed using the postage-paid envelope provided with your ballot.  

Military and Overseas Voters:

Members of the military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote or request an absentee voter ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application.  Use of this form assists us in making sure these voters receive absentee voting materials in a timely manner.  The application is valid for one calendar year.

District Information

                                             District #                         

State House                             77th                                         

State Senate                            28th                                          

US Congress                           7th                                            

Voter ID Requirement in Effect

The Voter Identification Requirement is in effect for those casting a ballot in person on Election Day and for those who pick up their absentee voter ballot in person.  Please read the Notice to Voters from the State Bureau of Elections for more information, including acceptable forms of identification.  An affidavit can be completed for voters not in possession of picture identification.

Election Security

Hart InterCivic Voting System: For information regarding the security of the voting system and tabulator equipment utilized by Watertown Township.  

Voter Confidence Fact Sheet: For information regarding the election process in Michigan.

Election Inspector

Watertown Township depends on trained election inspectors to successfully conduct every election.  These are paid positions.  If you are interested in becoming an election inspector (also known as a poll worker), please review the Election Inspector Job Overview and complete an Election Inspector Application.  If you have questions about becoming an election worker, please contact the Township Clerk’s office.

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