Van Buren Township

Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail, or 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.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot
Electronically requesting a ballot here

Return your Absentee Ballot

Absentee ballots must be at the Clerk's Office by 8 p.m. on election day.


The State of Michigan requires ballots to be spoiled in writing.

Request to Spoil Absent Voter Ballot Form