The Clerk’s Office administers all elections in DeWitt Charter Township and provides voter records for all elections. Our phones are staffed to assist voters from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on all days when elections are held within the Township. All polling locations are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on election days.
Sample ballots for general elections are available at the Clerk’s Office approximately 30 days prior to an election day.
You qualify to receive an absentee ballot if you:
- Are 60 years of age or older
- Expect to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls are open on Election Day
- Are physically unable to attend the polls without assistance
- Cannot attend the polls because of the tenants of your religion
- Have been appointed an election inspector in a precinct other than where you reside
- Cannot attend the polls because you are confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial
A written request for an absentee ballot must be received from the voter for each election. Absentee ballot application forms are available online in the Documents & Forms section. In some instances, one form can make application for an absentee ballot for both a Primary and General election to be held in the same year. No application for a ballot can be made online, since the voter’s signature is required before a ballot can be issued. If you are unable to obtain the absentee ballot application form, you may request a ballot in any written form, which includes all of the following information:
- Name of voter, which must be legible
- Registered address of the voter requesting a ballot
- Address to which the ballot should be mailed, which can only be your registered address or an address outside of DeWitt Township (unless you are hospitalized or institutionalized)
- Reason you qualify for an absentee ballot (refer to qualifications listed above)
- Signature of the voter
General Absentee Voting Information
Deadlines for issuing absentee ballots are available in the election calendar. Absentee ballots are available at the Clerk’s Office approximately 30 to 45 days prior to governmental elections. When requesting and receiving a ballot at the Clerk’s Office, we cannot give you anyone else’s ballot. If both a husband and wife need an absentee ballot, they must both sign a written request or both appear in person at the Clerk’s Office.
DeWitt Charter Township maintains a list of voters who have personally requested to automatically receive an absentee ballot application form. Application forms are automatically mailed to those on this list approximately 60 days prior to an election. The Township cannot automatically mail an absentee ballot to any voter; however, we are able to mail the application form used to request an absentee ballot. You can be added to this list by calling or e-mailing the Clerk’s Office with your request.
Election Security Information
Maintaining the secrecy and integrity of the election process is a priority in DeWitt Charter Township and in Clinton County. This year, voters in Clinton County saw our new ballot tabulation equipment used for the first time. The new tabulator, or Scan, is manufactured by Hart Intercivic. This manufacturer was chosen over two others, in part, due to their attention to election security. More details regarding their commitment to security can be found here.
You Can Work the Polls on Election Day
We strive to provide quality services at our polling locations, and we are always looking for registered voters to become part of our Election Day team. If you are interested in becoming an Election Inspector, call the Clerk’s Office or download the form from the Documents and Forms section, then print and mail it to us. Election law requires that we have a completed and signed application from all persons working the polls on Election Day.