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Tawas City has one voting precinct, and the City Clerk is the election administrator for all elections held in the city. Federal, state, county, city and school elections are held at 550 W. Lake St. in the City Council chambers. The City Clerk, in compliance with federal and state election laws, is responsible for ballot preparation, issuance of absent voter ballots, delivery and setup of voting equipment, training of election inspectors, the processing of ballots and the maintenance of voter registration files.

Visit the Secretary of State’s Michigan Voter Information Center to register to vote, check your voter registration status, see upcoming election ballots, and apply to work at the polls. Individuals may also register to vote at the City Clerk’s office, the County Clerk’s office, any armed forces recruitment office, social services agencies or at any Secretary of State office.

Absentee Ballots

Proposal 18-3 that passed in November 2018 brought changes to Michigan voters. The major provision of this proposal is that now any registered voter in Michigan can vote absentee for any reason if they choose.

If you wish to receive an absentee ballot, please call 989-362-8688 or email the City of Tawas City Clerk at [email protected]  to request your absentee ballot application. To fill out an online application, registered voters can visit Michigan.gov/Vote and click “Apply for an Absent Voter Ballot Online.”  A voter can specify to be placed on a permanent AV list, this would eliminate the need to call or email for AV application before every election. Absentee ballots are available 40 days prior to an election.

2020 Election Dates

  • March 10, 2020: Presidential Primary Election
  • August 4, 2020: Primary Election
  • November 3, 2020: General Election

Registration

As result of the adoption of Proposal 18-3  one can register to vote right up to, and including, on election day.  One can register at a Michigan SOS office, but only up to 14 days prior to the election.  After that, registrations can only be done at your City, Village or Township Clerks office.  Proof of identity and residence must be provided.

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