Absentee ballots for City of Battle Creek voters are now available for those who qualify.

In a release, the City says that voters who do qualify are encouraged to vote absentee, because lines are expected to be long for the November 8 election.  

Absentee ballots are only available for one of six reasons:

  • Voter is 60 years of age or older.

  • Voter will be absent from the community in which registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day.

  • Voter is physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.

  • Voter cannot attend the polls because of the tenets of his/her religion.

  • Voter has been appointed to be an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the one in which he/she resides.

  • Voter cannot attend the polls because he/she is confined to jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

You can get more information, and apply for an absentee voter ballot online, by going to battlecreekmi.gov, and scrolling down to the City Spotlight section and clicking "elections".

You can also get a physical application by going to the City Clerk's Office at 10 N. Division St, Suite 111.