Voting & Elections


If you have questions not answered below, please contact the Clerk's Office: 231-332-6703.

Upcoming Elections and Deadlines

  • Elections are typically held on the first Tuesday of May, August, and November.
    In some years, one or more of the elections may not occur.
  • Deadline to register to vote is 30 days prior to a scheduled election (unless your registration is cancelled, there is no need to "re-register")
  • Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot: absentee ballots can be requested up until the day before the scheduled election.
  • Dalton Township's Clerk's Office is open the Saturday before a scheduled election until 2:00pm in order to receive requests for Absentee Ballots.

~updated 8/6/2018

What will I see on the ballot for the current election?

To view YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT go here:
In the Secretary of State's Voter Information Center you have access to your sample ballot, voting place, and your local Clerk's information.
Feel free to share this resource with your fellow voters as your sample ballot may differ from another persons (items listed on the ballot are based on the issues/offices that affect your County, Township/City/Village, and the Precinct/Ward you live in.

~More election information is listed below.~

Where do I vote? Each voter must vote in the polling place designated to serve the precinct in which they reside. This location is indicated on your voter identification card, on the Michigan Voter Information Center, or can be obtained by contacting your clerk.
When can I vote? The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m.
Anyone still remaining in line at 8:00 p.m. is eligible to vote.
Are you a registered voter?


How do I register to vote?

Where do I register to vote?







 Only registered voters may vote.
A person must be registered 30 days prior to the election they wish to vote in.
If you are unsure of your status, call your local clerk's office.  You must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and a resident of Michigan and the city/township where you are applying to register for at least 30 days prior to the election  Download your voter registration form here.
Please send completed form to:
Dalton Township Clerk
1616 East Riley Thompson Rd
Muskegon, MI 49445


Michigan law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver license purposes. Therefore, if the residence address you provide on the voter registration form differs from the address shown on a driver license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver license or personal identification card address to match the residence address entered on the voter registration form. If an address change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver license or personal identification card.
Absent Voter Ballots  **Voters passed Prop 18-3, which included No Reason Absent Voting.**

Dalton Township maintains a Permanent Absent Voter list, registered voters can sign up to be on this list and will automatically be sent an application to request an absentee voter ballot.  To be added to this permanent list, please fill complete THIS FORM.

 Which offices are being elected this year? Please use this link to view a sample ballot for the upcoming election: Michigan Voter Information Center

The Muskegon County Clerk's page may also have further information:

 What are the filing deadlines & requirements? Click here to view the filing deadlines - a document available from the Muskegon Clerk's Office.

Visit for more information.
 What is the Board of Canvassers?

Who is on the Muskegon County Board of Canvassers?

What does the Musk. Co. Board of Canvassers do?

 This board completes canvas and certification of primaries and elections, conducts recounts, and inspects ballot containers.

The board is bipartisan, per state requirements.  This means membership is made up of both political parties and recommendations for appointment comes from the Party Chairperson.

Term length is four years.  Current members of the Muskegon County Board of Canvassers are listed here:

The Muskegon County Board of Canvassers certify state and federal election results, from the county.  After certification the Board sends the results to the State Board of Canvassers for approval.

 What is a precinct?

Who is/can be a Precinct Delegate?

 A precinct is the smallest political unit in the country.  All voters in a precinct vote at one location.

A precinct delegate is elected by the voters of the precinct and serve as a bridge between voters and the Democratic or Republican Party.  Delegates represent the precinct at the Democratic or Republican meetings.

 Who are Precinct Inspectors?

When can I apply?

Precinct inspectors are paid to work at the polls on Election Day.
Registered voters interested must submit an election inspector application to their local clerk.
Applicants must include their name, address, date of birth, and political party preference.Contact your local clerk beginning early June.  All Precinct inspectors must complete training prior to serving at the polls.  Trained inspectors are eligible to work anywhere in the county.
 Who is my local Clerk?

Local Political Party Contacts:

 Dalton Township  231-332-6703
 Blue Lake Township 231-894-6335
 Cedar Creek Township 231-821-0014
 Egelston Township 231-788-2308 ext. 16
 Fruitland Township 231-766-3208
 Holton Township 231-821-2168
 Laketon Township 231-744-2454
 Muskegon Charter Township 231-777-2555 ext. 312

Republican and Democratic Party State and County Chairs can be found here:

Information updated Feb. 2017.