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Elections

The County Clerk’s Office oversees all elections. Your right to vote is sacred, and we administer elections in strict accordance with the law to ensure that Baraga County’s elections are secure, transparent, fair, and accurate. Whether you cast your ballot at the polls during Early Voting, on Election Day, or vote absentee, your vote will be counted in Baraga County including all school elections.

YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO VOTE IF:

• You are a Citizen of the U.S.
• You are at least 18 years of age on or before the next scheduled election.
• You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
• You registered 15 days prior to the election or registered in-person with your local city or township clerk in the final 14 days prior to the election or on Election Day.

VOTER REGISTRATION

Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency. Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day. You do not have to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.

You can register at any of the following offices:
• Secretary of State Branch Office
• County Clerk’s Office
• City, Township, or Village Office
• Mail-In Voter Registration Application

As soon as your local Township Clerk accepts the registration, you are officially registered to vote.

Voter Registration Form

ABSENTEE BALLOT

Absentee ballot applications are available 75 days prior and ballots can be obtained 45 days prior to an election. Contact your local clerk’s office to request an application. If you are on the permanent absentee ballot voter list, you will automatically receive an absentee ballot in the mail ahead of each election. You may return your absentee ballot by placing it in one of your township or city drop boxes, mailing it (postage paid for), or dropping it off in-person at your local clerk’s office. Voters must sign the back of their absentee ballot envelope as it appears on their driver’s license or photo ID. If your signature cannot be verified or is missing, your local clerk will contact you and you have up to 3-days after Election Day to fix this signature. Applications to apply must be turned into your local clerk’s office by 4pm the day before an election and ballots are due by 8pm on Election Day. To receive your ballot in the mail, you must return a completed application to your local clerk’s office by 5pm the Friday before Election Day. You may also pick up the ballot in-person during weekend hours or request and vote in your local clerk’s office until 4pm the Monday before the election.

EARLY VOTING

*Only for State and Federal elections or if your township or city choses to offer it for a local election.
There are 9-days of early voting ahead of the Presidential Primary, State Primary, and November General elections. This starts the second Saturday before and ends the first Sunday before Election Day. Early voting procedures are just like Election Day – show up, complete a voter application, mark your ballot, and place it into the tabulator. Contact your local clerk’s office for location and schedule prior to each election.

ELECTION DAY

There are at least three elections in 2024: The Presidential Primary (February 27), the State Primary (August 6), and the General Election (November 5). Your jurisdiction may have an election in May if there are any school or local proposals. Polls are open 7am-8pm. When you arrive at your polling place, an election inspector will ask you to fill out an Application to Vote to verify your name and address which appears on the list of registered voters assigned to that precinct. If you are in the incorrect precinct, you must go to the correct precinct to vote. You can verify your polling location and view a sample ballot by going to mvic.sos.state.mi.us

ABSENTEE VOTING PROCEDURES

You can obtain an absentee Ballot from the Township Office where you are registered to vote. The deadline to apply to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. Voters may also pick up an absentee ballot in person during their local clerk’s special weekend hours during the weekend before election day. On the Monday before election day until 4:00 p.m., voters may request a ballot in person at their local clerk’s office but the ballot must be voted and returned before leaving the clerk’s office.

You may apply for an Absent Voter Ballot by:
• letter
• post card
• absentee ballot application
• in person at your local clerk’s office
• if you are eligible, with a Federal Postcard Application

RECENT CHANGES TO THE MICHIGAN CONSTITUTION AND STATE ELECTION LAWS

In 2022, Michigan Voters passed Proposal 2 which amended the State Constitution to include additional voting rights and protections. Subsequent legislation has been passed into law with changes to Michigan’s election system that became effective for the 2024 election cycle.

These changes include:
• 9 days of early voting prior to all State and Federal elections
• Creation of a permanent absentee ballot voter list
• State funded return postage for absentee ballots and applications
• Opportunity for voters to cure absentee ballot signature deficiencies up to 3-days after Election Day
• Counting of military or overseas voters’ ballots up to 6-days after Election Day
• Ability for voters to track their absentee ballots online
• Expansion of drop box locations with video monitoring
• Expanded voter identification options

Voters may now cast their absentee ballot by taking their absentee ballot to their Early Voting Site or Election Day Polling Location. Voters should bring their absentee ballot inside their secrecy sleeve with the ballot stub still attached to the ballot to their voting location. Voters will fill out an application and election inspectors will update their voting status in the ePollbook. The voter will be directed to a booth where they will be given an opportunity to review their ballot and unfold the ballot into a ballot-length secrecy sleeve before continuing through the process of voting in person. Casting an absentee ballot in the tabulator allows the voter the opportunity to correct any issues they may find during the tabulation such as marking the ballot incorrectly.

WEEKEND HOURS

All clerk offices within Baraga County will be open at least 8 hours the weekend before an election to process voter registration and issue absentee ballots. Contact your local clerk’s office for their schedule.

EXPANSION OF PHOTO IDENTIFICATION CARDS

State law requires you to show photo identification to vote or sign an affidavit saying you are not in possession of ID at the time you vote. Acceptable photo IDs include the following:
• Michigan driver’s license or State photo ID card
• Out-of-state driver’s license (if current)
• Passport
• CPL permit
• Educational institution (e.g. college, university, trade school, etc.)

County Clerk Info:
Wendy J. Goodreau, County Clerk
clerk@baragacounty.org

2024 Election Schedule

February 27, 2024 Presidential Primary

August 6, 2024 Primary Election

November 5, 2024 General Election

Previous Election Summaries

2023 ELECTIONS

Special Election 05.02.2023 Summary Report

Special Election 05.02.2023 Statement Of Votes Cast

2022 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.08.2022 Summary Report

General Election 11.08.2022 Statement Of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.02.2022 Summary Report

Primary Election 08.02.2022 Statement Of Votes Cast

Special Election – Spurr Township 05.03.2022 Summary Report

Special Election – Spurr Township 05.03.2022 Statement Of Votes Cast

2020 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.03.2020 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.03.2020 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.04.2020 Statement Of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.04.2020 Summary Report

Presidential Primary 03.10.2020 Statement Of Votes Cast

Presidential Primary 03.10.2020 Election Summary Report

2019 ELECTIONS

Special Election – L’Anse Township 05.07.2019 Election Summary Report

2018 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.06.2018 Statement Of Votes Cast

General Election 11.06.2018 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.07.2018 Statement Of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.07.2018 Election Summary Report

2016 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.08.2016 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.08.2016 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.07.2018 Statement Of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.07.2018 Election Summary Report

Presidential Primary 03.08.2016 Election Summary Report

2015 ELECTIONS

Special Election 05.05.2015 Statement of Votes Cast

Special Election 05.05.2015 Election Summary Report

2014 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.04.2014 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.04.2014 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.05.2014 Statement of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.05.2014 Election Summary Report

2012 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.06.2012 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.06.2012 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.07.2012 Statement of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.07.2012 Election Summary Report

Presidential Primary 02.28.2012 Statement of Votes Cast

Presidential Primary 02.28.2012 Election Summary Report

2011 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.08.2011 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.08.2011 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.02.2011 Statement of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.02.2011 Election Summary Report

Special Election 05.03.2011 Statement of Votes Cast

Special Election 05.03.2011 Election Summary Report

2010 ELECTIONS 

General Election 11.02.2010 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.02.2010 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.03.2010 Statement of Votes Cast

Primary Election 08.03.2010 Summary Report

Special Election 05.04.2010 Statement of Votes Cast

Special Election 05.04.2010 Election Summary Report

2008 ELECTIONS

General Election 11.04.2008 Statement of Votes Cast

General Election 11.04.2008 Election Summary Report

Primary Election 08.05.2008 Statement of Votes Cast

 

Baraga County Polling and Dropbox Locations

Arvon Township
Drop Box Location
14470 Marinich Drive
L’Anse, MI 49946

Arvon Town Hall
13158 Town Road
Skanee, MI 49962

Baraga Township
Drop Box Location

13919 State Hwy M38
Baraga, Mi 49908

Precinct 1
Baraga Township Hall
13919 State Hwy M38
Baraga, Mi 49908

Precinct 2
Baraga Township Hall
13919 State Hwy M38
Baraga, Mi 49908

Precinct 3
Baraga Township Hall
13919 State Hwy M38
Baraga, Mi 49908

Precinct 4
Baraga Township Hall
13919 State Hwy M38
Baraga, Mi 49908

Covington Township
Drop Box Location

12898 M-28
Watton, MI 49970

Covington Multipurpose Building
12898 M-28
Watton, MI 49970

L’Anse Township
Drop Box Location

126 N. Main Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

L’Anse Township Hall
126 N. Main Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

Spurr Township
Drop Box Location

29257 U.S. Hwy 41
Michigamme, MI 49861

Spurr Township Hall
29257 U.S. Hwy 41
Michigamme, MI 49861