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Prepare in advance for upcoming Nov. 2 election
Published: 9/20/2021
The Novi City Clerk’s office is gearing up for another election as residents will be voting for Novi’s mayor and three city council members on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Novi’s 25 precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day for those who choose to vote in-person. Those wishing to vote absentee must fill out an application to receive a ballot and that ballot must be received by the City Clerk prior to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

City Clerk Cortney Hanson said there are approximately 20,000 registered voters on the Automatic Application List - up from roughly 7,000 just two years ago - and those applications were mailed in August. It’s important to note that an application is not a ballot, and a voter will not receive a ballot unless their application is returned, and it can be verified by the Clerk’s office that the person is who they say they are and still living at that residence. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by the clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 29.

“An absentee ballot is a form of voting early, but the ballot doesn’t get tabulated before Election Day,” Hanson said, clearing up a common misconception. “Absentee ballots are stored in a secure location until 7 a.m. on Election Day when they are opened by the absentee counting board and then put through the tabulator.”

There are four places on the Civic Center Campus where you can drop off your absentee ballot, one that doesn’t even require you to leave your vehicle. The drive-up box is grey and located near the Novi Police Department, another box will greet you outside the Civic Center doors, a blue bin will await you once you walk inside and, finally, you can walk up the stairs and place it in a bin at the City Clerk’s office.

Residents are encouraged to ensure they are registered and track the progress of their application and ballot online at Michigan.gov/vote. There you will be able to find your precinct, see when your application was received, when your ballot was sent, and when your ballot was received by the City Clerk.

If you have any questions about the election process or voting, visit Michigan.gov/vote, cityofnovi.org/elections, call 248.347.0456 or email elections@cityofnovi.org.