Township Clerk


March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary

What is a "Closed Primary?"

The 2020 Presidential Primary is designated a "closed primary," just as it was in 2012 and 2016.  Michigan Election Law, requires voters wishing to participate in the March 10 Election to choose a Democratic, Republican, or No-Presidential Primary (local issues only) ballot when voting absentee or at the polls on Election Day.  While a voter must select a specific ballot for a closed primary, there is no political party registration in Michigan's voter registration system.  However, the voter's ballot selection will be public information for the 22 months following the election.  You will not be required to select a specific party ballot type at other types of elections. 

Voter ID Requirement in Effect

The Voter Identification Requirement is in effect for those casting a ballot in person on Election Day and for those who pick up their absentee voter ballot in person.  Please read the Notice to Voters from the State Bureau of Elections for more information, including acceptable forms of identification. An affidavit can be completed for voters not in possession of picture identification. 

Election Inspector

Montrose Township depends on trained election inspectors to successfully conduct every election. These are paid positions. If you are interested in becoming an election inspector, please complete the Election Inspector Application.  If you have questions about becoming an election worker, please contact the Township Clerk’s office. 

Registration Information

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years of age by Election Day, not serving a sentence in jail or prison, and a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are registering to vote for at least 30 days before Election Day.  For more information, please visit the Michigan Secretary of State website, or contact the Township Clerk's Office.

New as of November 2018...register to vote through Election Day!

Registering to vote 15 or more days before an election?  Register at these locations:

  • Any Secretary of State branch office
  • Montrose Township Clerk's Office
  • A designated state agency
  • By mail (must be postmarked or delivered no later than 15 days before Election Day)

Registering to vote 14 or fewer days before an election, including Election Day?  You must register in person at the Montrose Township Clerk's Office (residency verification required).  Voters who register at the Township Clerk's Office on Election Day can receive a ballot and vote that day.   

Michigan’s Presidential Primary is a closed election, meaning you have to choose a ballot style, Democrat, Republican, or no party (which won’t have any Presidential candidates on it, but will contain ballot proposals). Voters should also realize that there may be names printed on the ballot of candidates who have dropped out of the race.

Other Reminders:

  • With the passage of proposal 2018-3, citizens can register to vote with their county clerk, city or township clerk, at a branch office of the Secretary of State or state agency that provides public assistance, by mail, or online until 2 weeks before the election.
  • If registering to vote between fourteen days prior, up to and including Election Day, citizens must register in person at their city or township clerk’s office and must provide proof of residency to vote in the March election.
  • Voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee. Absentee ballots can be requested from the local city or township clerk. To have your ballot mailed to you, you must return your application no later than 5 p.m. on Friday March 6.
  • Absentee ballots may look different than residents expect. Envelopes that were previously manila are now white. Voters are asked to use caution when sorting mail as not to miss it.
  • Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. on March 10. If you have previously requested an absentee ballot, but choose to vote at the polling precinct, please bring your absentee ballot with you to be spoiled.
  • Absentee ballot applications, online voter registration, sample ballot, and polling place directory can be found at the Secretary of State website:



Montrose Township is part of the following:

  • Genesee County Commissioner Districts 7
  • Michigan House of Representatives District 48
  • State Senate District 32
  • 67th District Court Division 1
  • Michigan's 5th Congressional District
  • Genesee District Library

Educational services are primarily provided by Montrose Community Schools while small parts of the Township are served by Clio Area School District.

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