City Clerk


  2016 Elections

Absentee Applications

Absentee applications are available for those residents who wish to vote by absentee ballot.  The City maintains a permanent absentee voter list and those residents who wish to vote by absentee ballot are mailed applications before each election.  If you would like to be added to the permanent absentee list, please contact City Clerk Linda Christensen at 616.696.1330 X 103 or by email at

Those residents who wish to vote by absentee and are not on the permanent absentee mailing please click here for a copy of the absentee application.  Please return it to the City Clerk for processing.

The March 8 Presidential Primary requires a special absentee application.  For a copy of that application, please click March 8 Absentee Application.

City Council Positions

Two four-year seats are open on the City Council this year. The deadline for filing is s 4:00 p.m. April 19, 2016.

City Charter requires an August Primary for City Council seats if valid petitions are filed for more than twice the number of persons to be elected.  If five or more candidates file petitions by the April 19th deadline, the names of the Council candidates will be on the August 2, 2016  Primary Ballot with the run-off to be held at the November 8, 2016 General Election.  If five or more candidates do not file by the April 19th deadline, the names of the candidates will be on the November ballot.

School Board Candidate Information:

School Board candidates file nominating petitions with the Kent County Clerk’s office.

For information regarding filings for school board positions, please click CANDIDATES FOR SCHOOL BOARD

Michigan Voter Information Center – This website provides you with a vast assortment of information related to voter registration and election administration in Michigan.   Once you log in, you can:

  • Determine if you are registered to vote
  • Find your polling location
  • Contact your local election official
  • Learn to use your voting equipment
  • Find answers to frequently asked questions
  • View your sample ballot

Notary services are available at City Hall.  This service is free of charge for City residents; there is a $5.00/per page fee for non-residents.

Linda Christensen

616-696-1330 Ext. 103