- Absentee Ballots
- Candidate Filing Information
- Election Inspectors
- Election Results
- Federal Post Card Application
- Polling Locations
- Voter Registration
- Wards and Precinct Maps
Important Dates to Remember:
|Date||Election||Last day to register to
vote in any manner other than
in person at the Clerk's Office
|Tuesday, May 4, 2021||Special School Election||April 19, 2021|
|Tuesday, November 2, 2021||Special School Election - BCPD and Pennfield School District ONLY||October 18, 2021|
Absentee Ballot Information New rights for Michigan voters now in effect:
All eligible and registered voters in Michigan now may request an absentee ballot without providing a reason and vote early as a result of the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November 2018. Ballots will be counted on Election Day.
NEW! Sign up to join the City’s Permanent Absentee Voter List
Registered voters who wish to vote by absentee ballot can sign up to automatically receive an application by mail for each election. Signing up for the Permanent Absentee Voter List is fast, easy, and will save you time previously spent waiting in line or having to contact the Clerk’s office by phone or e-mail to request an application.
By joining the Permanent Absentee Voter List, you will receive an application to vote by absentee ballot before each election. Complete the application, turn it in, and then receive your absentee ballot by mail before the election. Don’t want to vote absentee? Simply throw the application away and head to the polls on Election Day.
Click here to sign up for the Permanent Absentee Voter List
To obtain a ballot prior to Election Day:
- Drop off your ballot request in person at your township or city clerk’s office no later than 4 p.m. the Monday before Election Day.
- Mail the application, a letter or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have a ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. USPS may take up to five business days to deliver your ballot.
After receiving your ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. It will be counted with other ballots on Election Day. When returning an absentee ballot by US Mail, please use the inside envelope provided and place Two First Class Postage Stamps on that envelope. Remember to sign the outside of your return envelope in the space indicated; your ballot will not be accepted without it!
If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may have someone deliver your request for an emergency absentee ballot to your city or township clerk’s office before 4 p.m. on Election Day.
Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular ballots (5 p.m. the Friday before the election) but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular ballot. Emergency ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
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
- US 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.
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.For more information contact the City Clerk's Office at (269) 966-3348, or access the Secretary of State's Web site where you can view your sample ballot for the upcoming election, track the status of your absentee ballot and verify your voter registration information.
|DATE OF ELECTION:||Tuesday, November 3, 2020|
|SEATS AVAILABLE:||Nine (9) City Commission Members - Five (5) Ward and Four (4) At-Large positions available|
|REQUIREMENTS:||At Large Candidate: Must be a registered elector in the City or any annexed area.
Ward Candidates: Must be a registered elector in the City or any annexed area and reside in the ward for which that person is a candidate.
|PETITION AVAILABILITY:||Monday, June 1, 2020
Due to the closure of city buildings to the public, candidates must call the Clerk's office @ (269) 966-3348 to schedule an appointment to pick up packets.
|PETITION FILING DEADLINE:
(Petition & Affidavit of Identity)
|Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 4:00 P.M.|
|PETITION SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS:
||Ward Candidates: Not less than 50 valid signatures nor more than 75 valid signatures of registered voters in the City.
At Large Candidates: Not less than 100 valid signatures nor more than 150 valid signatures of registered voters in the City.
*No elector shall sign petitions of more than the number of candidates for At-Large City Commissioner to be elected. No elector shall sign the petition of more than one Ward Commissioner, which petition must be for the ward where the signing elector resides.
|IMPORTANT REMINDERS AND INFORMATION:||
A candidate must form a committee within 10 calendar days of accepting your first contribution or making an expenditure and then, within an additional 10 calendar days, you must register the committee by filing a Statement of Organization with the Calhoun County Clerk's Office. The "Statement of Organization" form can be found here
More information on forming and registering a candidate committee can be found on the Michigan Bureau of Elections website
Additional forms and filing information, including campaign finance information can be found here
The City Charter currently provides for a Commission consisting of one Mayor, three At-large and five Ward Commissioners, with the Vice Mayor selected by City Commission.
On March 10, 2020 a charter amendment ballot proposal was approved by the voters to allow for the direct election of the Mayor as a separate office.
The City of Battle Creek is looking for people to work the polls on Election Day. By serving as an Election Inspector, residents can serve their community and earn extra income at the same time!
Inspectors will be stationed at 1 of 21 precincts (PDF) throughout the city and will be responsible for opening the precinct on Election Day, ensuring that voters are registered and are voting in the proper precinct, assigning ballots, assisting voters and closing the polls. Election Inspectors are paid for working on Election Day and will also receive additional payment for attending mandatory training prior to Election Day. The City is currently looking for Election Inspectors, Chairpersons, and Computer Operators.
A precinct Election Inspector for the City of Battle Creek shall be a qualified and registered elector of the state of Michigan, shall have a good reputation, and shall have sufficient education and clerical ability to perform the duties of the office. Anyone, ages 16 & 17 can also serve as an Election Inspector with a valid work permit. An Inspector cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate's immediate family, or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an election crime may not serve.
A person must file an application in his own handwriting to the City Clerk.
- Election Inspector Application (PDF)
- Under 18 Election Inspector Application with Work Permit (PDF) **Please note that the last four (4) pages of this application MUST be printed in color or on yellow paper.
- State of Michigan Combined Offer of Employment and Work Permit/Age Certificate
The City Clerk's Office
10 N Division Street
Battle Creek, MI 49014
Inspector Resources:City of Battle Creek Election Inspector Training Presentation
City of Battle Creek EPB Training Presentation
Processing AV Ballots in the Precinct
BOE Training: Election Inspectors' Procedure Manual
BOE Training: Election Day Issues
Military and Overseas voters:The Federal Voting Assistance Program works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so - from anywhere in the world.
You may use the Federal Post Card Application to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot. This form will allow you to receive an absentee ballot for all elections in the calendar year it was submitted. You can chose to have the ballot e-mailed to you or sent to you via regular mail. Submitting a VOTED ballot electronically, however, is not allowed.
Please contact our office at (269) 966-3348 or visit if you have further questions.
|1||Trinity Lutheran Church||2055 Columbia Avenue E|
|2||Battle Creek First Assembly of God||800 S. 24th Street|
|3||Battle Creek First Assembly of God||800 S. 24th Street|
|4||Christ United Methodist Church||65 N. Bedford Road|
|5||Woodland Church||14425 Helmer Road S|
|6||Chapel Hill United Methodist Church||157 Chapel Hill Drive|
|7||Trinity Neighborhood Center||10 W. Bidwell Street|
|8||St. Peter Lutheran Church||1079 Riverside Drive|
|9||Chapel Hill United Methodist Church||157 Chapel Hill Drive|
|10||Christ United Methodist Church||65 N. Bedford Road|
|11||Woodland Church||14425 Helmer Road S|
|12||Second Baptist Church||485 N. Washington Avenue|
|13||Trinity Neighborhood Center||10 W. Bidwell Street|
|15||Battle Creek Community Church||552 E. Emmett Street|
|17||Battle Creek Community Church||552 E. Emmett Street|
|18||Cherry Hill Manor||10 Clay Street|
|19||Maple United Methodist Church||342 Capital Avenue NE|
|20||Woodland Church||14425 S. Helmer Road|
|21||Second Baptist Church||485 N. Washington Avenue|
|22||Battle Creek First Assembly of God||800 S. 24th Street|
|23||Battle Creek First Assembly of God||800 S. 24th Street|
Individuals are eligible to register to vote if they meet the following qualifications:
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day
- A resident of the State of Michigan and a 30-day resident of the City of Battle Creek
- A United States citizen
Documents that may be accepted if additional proof of residency is required (these items must
include the applicant’s name and current address): • a current utility bill • bank statement • paycheck • government check • other government document.
Crimes & Felonies
Attention registered voters who have been convicted and sentenced for a crime and are in confinement as a result of that conviction and sentencing: You may not vote during the time you are in confinement. Confinement is defined by Michigan Department of Prisons for the purpose of voting as incarcerated in jail or prison, under house arrest, on a tether or serving in a work release program.
Your voting rights are restored once you have completed your sentence, even if you have been convicted and sentenced for a felony charge. If you are charged with a crime, but not convicted or sentenced, you may vote even if you are in jail.
Contact the City Clerk's office at 269-966-3348 for directions on applying for an absentee ballot for the election you wish to vote in. If your sentencing prevents you from entering public school grounds and your precinct voting location is located in a school, please contact the City Clerk's office about voting absentee ballot.
Voting Information Web Map
Use this interactive map by entering your address to find your ward number, commissioner name, precinct number, and polling location name and address.
City of Battle Creek Voting Ward & Precinct Boundary Maps
Use the maps below to view the current voting Ward and Precinct boundaries.