City Clerk


  2015 Elections

May 5 Special State Election

Voters will be going to the polls Tuesday, May 5 for a special state-wide election.  For a copy of the ballot, please click ballot.

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.

City Council Positions

One four-year seat is open on the City Council this year. The deadline for filing is 4:00 p.m. April 21, 2015  Nominating petitions are available in the Clerk’s office and must be filled out by the City Clerk.  City Charter calls for a minimum number of 25 but no more than 50 valid signatures on nominating petitions.  Petitions are filed with the City Clerk.

Qualifying candidates must be  a qualified elector of the City, 18 years of age and may not be in default to the City, County or School District.

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 two or more candidates file petitions by the April 21st deadline, the names of the Council candidates will be on the August 4, 2015  Primary Ballot with the run-off to be held at the November 3, 2015 General Election.  If two or more candidates do not file by the April 21st 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