Election Updates 2021
Tuesday, November 2nd is the next scheduled election. Kalamazoo Area Transportation Authority has a proposal on the ballot asking voter to renew a millage. Absentee ballots can be mailed until Thursday, October 28th. Our office will be open on Saturday, October 30th from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. to obtain absentee ballots or you may stop into the office until 4:00 p.m. on Monday to acquire a ballot.
Due to COVID-19, many voters are now choosing to voting by absentee. Precincts will be open usual hours of 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at their regular locations for those who wish to vote in person. However, due to the increase in those wishing to vote absentee, our permanent absent voter list has increased over 1500 voters throughout 2020. We are excited to provide applications to all voters who have requested; but if you find you have been placed on the permanent list and no longer wish to be; just contact us and we are happy to make the change.
Placement on the permanent absent voter indicates you wish to have an application mailed to you for EVERY election. Voters often become confused over this; believing if they have requested to be placed on the permanent absent voter list, they will automatically receive their ballot.
Upon receipt of your application, you have the following options:
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE? Residents who are 17 1/2 years of age or older may register to vote at the Township Offices (7401 N 32nd Street), any Secretary of States Branch Office or the Kalamazoo County Clerk’s office. You may also acquire an application to register to vote at the Michigan Secretary of State website .
Please mail your application directly to our office:
Richland Township, Attn: Voter Registration,
7401 N 32nd Street, Richland, MI 49083.
How do I obtain an absentee application / ballot?
Voters must fill out an application for each election. Absent voter ballots are available to registered voters for all elections. Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Request to be placed on the permanent Absent Voter List
Richland Township Clerk maintains a permanent list of voters who wish to receive an application for every election. Election law requires that an application be received for every election before the voter receives a ballot. Voters on the permanent list will automatically receive their application approximately 2 months before each election within Richland Township. Upon receiving your application the voter has two options. Once the completed application is received by the township clerk; ballots can be issued to the registered voter. To request placement on the permanent list click here.
Applications for an absentee ballot may be downloaded from the Michigan Secretary of State website (click here) or you may also apply in writing, including your registered address in Richland Township, where you want the ballot sent, and your signature. All written requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received to the Township no later than 5pm the Friday before the election.
You can also come into the Township Office to get an application. Please be prepared to show a valid, government issued ID when you apply. You may request an absentee ballot in person until 4:00 p.m. Monday before the election.
Where do I vote?
Richland Township Precincts
# 1 grace Spring Bible Church, 8643 Gull Road. ****Effective January 1, 2020****
# 2 Living Hope Community Church, 9292 E CD Ave. ****Effective January 1, 2020****
#3 Haven Reformed Church, 5350 N Sprinkle Road
Application for Election Inspector
For additional information or questions, please call us at 269-629-4921 during office hours of Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or via email at Contact Us. To qualify as an election inspector, you must be 18 years or older and a registered voter in the State of Michigan. Election inspector's are paid for training in addition to the day of the election.