Absentee Voting

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Absentee Voter ballots for elections will be available in the City Clerk's office approximately 6 weeks before an election. This is for registered voters of Holland City. Remember to take your photo identification (ID).

To obtain an Absentee Ballot, a registered voter must first complete an Absent Voter Ballot Application (PDF). After filling out the application, return it to the City Clerk's office to be issued an absentee ballot. A voter can also submit a written request, indicating the name, address, and an original signature. Applications are available approximately 60 days before an election. Fill out the application in ink and return it in person or by mail to:
Holland City Clerk
270 S River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423


The State of Michigan requires a voter who is receiving his or her own ballot in person at the Clerk's Office to present a valid photo ID or sign an affidavit. Valid forms of ID are the same as required at the polls on Election Day and include:

  • Driver's license or personal identification card
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
  • U.S. passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning with photo
  • Tribal identification with photo

If a voter does not have a valid photo ID, the voter will be asked to sign an affidavit stating that he or she is not in possession of a valid ID. If the affidavit is signed, the voter will be issued a ballot.

Note: There are additional requirements for first time voters requesting to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Picking Up/Returning Ballots

State law does not allow one person to pick up a ballot for another person. If an individual returns an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of another, that ballot will be mailed to the voter.

When returning an absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, please use the pre-addressed inside envelope provided and place First Class Postage on that envelope; the U.S. Post Office will not redeliver an envelope that has already been stamped.