Elections

Candidate Information

Affidavits Of Idenity can be printed from the Filing Forms link above. Please note the Affidavit must be notarized BEFORE submitting it to the Clerk on or before the deadline. The Township has notary’s available.

Petitions are available at the Township Hall. If you would like a petition mailed to you, leave a message with the Clerk stating your name and address of where you would like it mailed and what type of Petition you need (Nominating or Qualifying).

Statement of Organization (Campaign Finance): This form is required to be filed with the County under Campaign Finance Reporting requirements. Candidates acan drop it off at the county office or email it to elections@chinatownship.net. If the candidate already holds the office they are running for, a statement may already be on file (unless they were appointed).

Voter Information

Online Voter Registration website is now available and can be found at www.Michigan.gov/Vote by selecting the “Register to Vote” option located on the left panel of the page. The tool can also be reached directly by going to www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration. Residents across the state can take advantage of this convenient way of registering to vote. Current voters can easily change their address using this website.

Registering to vote has never been easier and can be accomplished by navigating five easy screens:

1

Welcome Screen

2

Qualifications

3

Personal
Information

4

Address

5

Congrats Screen

(with receipt option)

To use this convenient website, visitors must currently have a Michigan Driver’s License or Personal Identification Card and qualify to vote in the state of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).

Registration Deadlines

July 20, 2022 – Last day to register to vote in any manner other than in-person  with the local clerk for the August primary. (168.497)

July 21 through 8:00 p.m. August 2, 2022 – In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)

– October 19, 2022 – Last day to register in any manner other than in-person with the local clerk for the November general election. (168.497

– October 20 through 8:00 p.m. November 3, 2022 – In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency. (168.497)

Notice of Registration

Clerk is available Monday/Wednesday by appt. Tuesday from 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Clerk will be available on Saturday before each election for voter registration, absentee ballot request/distribution and any other clerk related business. Dates and times will be posted before each election.

Absentee Ballots to be absentee ballots to be mailed out must be requested no later than the Friday before each election. Absentee Ballots can be requested and picked up until the Monday before the election at 4 pm.

The last day to request an Absentee Ballot is the day before the election, but you must come into the hall and complete the paperwork, and complete your ballot in the hall at that time.

 

Elections Dates for 2022

May 3, 2022

August 2, 2022-State Primary

November 8, 2022-State General Election

Hours for voting on election day are:
7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Would you like to become an Elections Inspector? We are hiring for Election Inspectors, please click the following link, or come into our office to fill out an application.

Absentee Ballot

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Absent voter ballots are available for all elections. You may request an Absentee ballot for any election with no reason. ALL registered voters can request an Absentee Ballot.
Do you want to Vote Absentee every election? If your answer is Yes, you may request to be on the Permanent Absent Voter List. When on this list, you will automatically receive an absent voter application for every election. If you choose to return that application, we will send you a ballot as soon as they arrive in our office. You must turn in a new application for EVERY election, you will not automatically be sent a ballot with out completing the application.
**You will need to put in your name and birth date to access the ballot wording. The link will ask you if you are registered, but below it states it will show you a sample ballot. This is updated for every election, and will be available about 40 days before the election date.

Voting Requirement

In order to register to vote in China Township you must be:

1

a U.S. citizen

2

at least 18 years of age by election day

3

a resident of Michigan and resident of China township
If you move within China Township, you can call the Township office at 810-765-1145 ext. 207 and speak with the Clerk to have your registration changed. You may also change it at any Secretary of State office. You can download the Voter Registration Application if you have never registered to vote and return it to the St Clair County Clerk’s office.
Voter Identification Requirements ~ PHOTO ID LAW
Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the new requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. The new voter identification became effective in November 2007.

Voters with picture identification: Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card. Voters who DO NOT possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture identification as long as they are current:

     – Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state

     – Federal or state government-issued photo identification

     – U.S. passport

     – Military identification card with photo

     – Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education

     – Tribal identification card with photo

Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can still vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit. The Michigan voter identification requirement does not apply to absentee voting. Absentee voters do not need to show picture identification to request or return an absentee ballot.
Registering by mail – special requirements for first time voters:
Are you registering to vote in Michigan for the first time? If you have never voted in Michigan and choose to submit this form by mail, you must meet the federal identification requirement, as explained below. Federal requirement – provide identification to comply with the identification requirement, you must:

(a)

accurately enter your state issued driver license number or personal ID card number where requested on this form

OR

(b)

send one of the following forms of identification when mailing this form to your county, city or township clerk: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver license or personal ID card) or a COPY of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or a government document which lists your name and address.
***DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ID DOCUMENTS BY MAIL*** If you are subject to this requirement and do not provide the information identified above, an acceptable form of identification must be provided before you vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. Note: The identification requirement does not apply if you:

(a)

personally hand deliver this form to your county, city or township clerk’s office instead of mailing this form,

(b)

are disabled,

(c)

are eligible to vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
Contact your city or township clerk if you have any questions. Your application is not valid until accepted by the clerk of the city or township in which you reside. If you do not receive a voter ID card within three weeks or have any questions, contact your clerk. ED-12

Election Days

The polls are open at the Township Hall from 7 am to 8 pm on the days of elections.
To obtain an absentee ballot, simply stop by the Township Office prior to the election, or call the Township Clerk, Vivian Sikowski, at 810-765-1145 ext. 207 or Mary Kay Harris, Deputy Clerk ext. 206. The Offices are open Monday ~ Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm.