Office of the Clerk

Clerk
Michelle Osip
810 664-5971 ext 206
clerk@oregontownship.org

New rights for Michigan Voters

Greetings from the Township of Oregon Clerk’s Office:

In November 2022 voters passed Proposal 2 which amended the State Constitution to include additional voting rights and protections and created additional options for Michigan voters to vote.  Michigan voters now have three ways to vote:  Early Voting, Absentee Ballot, and Election Day.

There are currently three elections scheduled for 2024 for Oregon Township Residents.

Election Dates:

  • Presidential Primary February 27, 2024
  • State Primary August 6, 2024
  • General Election November 5, 2024

 Absentee Voting

Michigan still has “no reason” Absentee Voting.  Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot to vote prior to the Election Day.

The biggest change with Absentee Voting is the addition of the Permanent Absentee Ballot List.  Voters who are on our Permanent Absentee Ballot List will automatically be mailed an absentee ballot before every election, with the exception of the Presidential Primary.  This is the one election every four years, where a voter has to select a party specific ballot.  Voters who checked the box to be added to our Permanent Absentee Ballot List will receive a postcard in the mail in late December or early January where they will be required to select a ballot type and return it to the Clerk’s office.  With the implementation of the Permanent Absentee Ballot List option, the State will be phasing out the Automatic Absentee Ballot Application option.  In the past voters who were on the list would be automatically mailed an absentee ballot application before every election.  Once this option is phased out, voters who are not on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List will have to request an application in order to receive one and apply for an absentee ballot.  If you are not on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List and would like to be added, simply check the box on any absentee ballot application.  If you are a snowbird, college student or regularly use a temporary alternative address, the Permanent Absentee Ballot List may not be the best option for you as the ballot will be mailed to your home address and the USPS cannot forward ballots.  The best option for these voters is to apply for an absentee ballot before each election.

OREGON TOWNSHIP WILL CONDUCT EARLY TABULATION OF THE ABSENT VOTER BALLOTS AT THE OREGON TOWNSHIP HALL 2525 MARATHON RD. LAPEER, MI 48446 ON FEBRUARY 21 AND 23, 2024 FROM 9am to 5pm. (IF NEEDED THAT ENTIRE TIME) THREE ELECTION INSPECTORS WILL BE PRESENT FOR TABULATION.

Early Voting

Michigan voters now have the right to vote early and in person at an early voting site for (9) nine consecutive days prior to an election.  The Early Voting process is very similar to voting on Election Day – show up, complete a voter application, mark your ballot, and place it into the tabulator. Early Voting will be available beginning with the Presidential Primary February 27, 2024 and every statewide and federal election thereafter.

The Township of Oregon’s Early Voting Site is located at the Township Hall, 2525 Marathon Rd. Lapeer, MI 48446 and will be available for every statewide and federal election from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for (9) nine consecutive days, beginning the second Saturday before and ending the first Sunday before Election Day. For the 2024 Presidential Primary; Early Voting will be available daily from February 17, 2024 – February 25 from 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Voting on Election Day

Currently there are no changes to how we vote on Election Day.  If you are registered to vote in the Township of Oregon, you will vote at either Precinct 1 or Precinct 2. Precinct 1 & 2 both vote at the Oregon Township Hall with entrances marked accordingly. Polls are open on Election Day 7:00 am – 8:00 pm.

Registering to Vote

Individuals are encouraged to register to vote as early as possible before an election.  Methods and requirements for voter registration depend on the following:

  • If there are 15+ days before an election

Individuals can register at the Michigan Secretary of State office, online, by mail, or in person.

  • Within 14 days of an election, and on Election Day

Individuals may only register by visiting their local clerk’s office to register in person with proof of residency documentation.

The following forms and pdf are available for your information and download:

For more information, go to Michigan Voter Information Center:

  • Check Voting registration
  • Polling location
  • Absentee voting information
    • How to get an absentee ballot
    • If drop box is available and hours available
  • IF absentee ballet has been received
  • Early in person voting information