Elections

The Clerk is responsible for conducting all elections within the Township. This includes voting at the National, State, County, and Township levels and includes local and intermediate school districts, libraries and all special elections. Election administration duties also include voter registration, maintaining voter records, and training of election inspectors. 
The Michigan Voter Information Center is a great resource and provides an assortment of information related to voter registration and election in Michigan. By visiting you can:

  • Determine if you are registered
  • Find your polling location
  • View a sample ballot
  • Learn to use the voting equipment
  • Find answers to frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions:



1) What is an AV Ballot?
An AV (Absent Voter) Ballot is for any registered voter to vote through mail, or at the Township Hall before election day. The ballot is sealed in an envelope and not opened/counted until election day.

2) How can I return my AV Ballot?
Return to Brighton Township by mail, roundabout drop box, building drop box, or the Clerks Office.

3) Does Michigan have early voting?
No, we have AV Ballot voting. The ballot is not counted until election day in Michigan.

4) When do AV Ballots get counted?
On election day. Absent Voter Ballots can start being counted at 7am on election day. This is when the AV Counting Board starts putting ballots through the tabulator to be counted.

5) What is an AV Counting Board?
An AV Counting Board is a group of residents from Michigan (usually municipality residents) appointed by the municipalities Election Commission (Clerk and 2 Trustees for Brighton Township). It is required by law for the two major political parties (Republican and Democrat) to be represented on the AV Counting Board. The size of the AV Counting Board is determined by the expected number of AV Ballots for that election.

6) I received an AV Ballot and now I want to vote in person at the polls, can I still vote in person?
Yes, you can still vote in person. Bring the AV Ballot with you to your polling location and let the Election Inspector know you wish to surrender your ballot. They will then give you a new ballot to vote at that precinct location.

7) I already turned my voted AV Ballot into the Clerk, can I still go to the polls to vote in person?
You can only vote 1 time. If you turned your AV Ballot into the Clerk and you want to vote in person, you must go to the Clerk and spoil the voted AV Ballot by 10am on the Monday before the election (day before election). You cannot vote in person if you already turned your voted AV Ballot in and did not spoil before the deadline.

8) What is the deadline to spoil my AV Ballot and get another AV Ballot?
By Mail: 5 pm on Friday before the election
In Person: 10 am on Monday before the election

9) Will the Polling Locations have PPE to protect us?
Our office has put in place many things to keep voters as safe as possible.

  • We have masks available if you forget yours
  • Tables are frequently cleaned with sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance/exit of polling location
  • Sneeze shields at the election worker tables
  • 6 foot spacing markings on the floor when possible
  • Voting booths spread apart when possible
If you still feel hesitant, be sure to request an Absent Voter Ballot prior to election day.

If interested in learning more about the AV (Absent Voter) Process, please click HERE.
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/VI_Michigans_Absentee_Voting_Process_265992_7.pdf
If interested in learning more about Processing AV (Absent Voter) Ballots on Election Day, click HERE.
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/VIII_Absent_Voter_County_Boards_265998_7.pdf

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