The last day for Michigan residents to register to vote by mail or online and be able to participate in the November Election is Monday, October 19. Starting Tuesday, October 20, Kalamazoo residents can only register in-person at the City Clerk’s Office to be able to vote in November. Residents can register to vote in-person through 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Kalamazoo residents are encouraged to register early and take advantage of the additional options that are available through October 19:
- Register by mail by completing the State of Michigan Voter Registration Application and mailing or delivering it to the City Clerk’s Office. Forms must be postmarked by October 19
- Register online at www.michigan.gov/vote. Residents must have a driver’s license or state ID to register online. Voters can also see sample ballots, find their polling locations, and request and track absentee ballots at www.michigan.gov/vote.
“Voters have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to register and cast their ballot, but there is no reason to wait,” said City Clerk Scott Borling. “Registering early gives voters more options and helps avoid lines as we get closer to the election. Register, check your polling location, and request and return absentee ballots early.”
The City Clerk’s Office at City Hall and the branch location at WMU’s Bernhard Center will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. on October 19 to assist voters with registration, absentee ballots, and other election-related requests. Both locations will also have extended or adjusted hours on the following days leading up to the Election:
- Monday, October 19: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, October 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 27: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
- Saturday, October 31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Monday, November 2: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 3: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
For absentee voters, five drop boxes are available throughout the city to receive election materials:
- Kalamazoo City Hall, located off St. John’s Place near Lovell Street
- Douglass Community Association, 1000 W Paterson St
- Eastside Neighborhood Association, 1301 E Main St
- City of Kalamazoo Stockbridge Offices, 415 E Stockbridge Ave
- Kalamazoo Public Safety Station 7, 2331 Parkview Ave
All absentee ballots for the November Election are also provided with first class postage to allow them to be easily returned by mail. Absentee voters can visit www.michigan.gov/vote to verify the status of their absentee ballots including when their application was received, when their ballot was sent, and when their ballot was received by the City Clerk.
Kalamazoo voters can call 3-1-1 or (269) 337-8000 for assistance with registration, voting, absentee ballots, or any other questions related to the upcoming election. Voters are also welcome to visit either City Clerk’s Office location for help.
“Our team is ready and available to help every City of Kalamazoo voter to ensure their voice is heard this November, and in every election in the City of Kalamazoo.”