City clerks in Berkley and Huntington Woods have mixed expectations about how big a role absentee voting will play in the Nov. 6 presidential election.
Huntington Woods City Clerk Joy Solanskey said requests for absentee ballots "are pretty heavy," while Berkley City Clerk Cheryl Printz said she doesn't expect as many people as during the last presidential election in 2008 to vote by absentee ballot.
"The enthusiasm in 2008 seemed to be a little higher," Printz said. "But, you never know."
She said 2,596 absentee ballots were returned by Berkley voters in 2008.
In Huntington Woods, 1,554 absentee ballots were issued in 2008, Solanskey said.
"I think absentee turnout is going to be more," Solanskey said. "We're getting a lot of calls about absentee ballots."
For those who wish to vote by absentee ballot in the Nov. 6 presidential election in Berkley and Huntington Woods, the following are a few helpful guidelines.
- To vote by absentee ballot, an application must be filled out (see attached PDF), signed and submitted to the city clerk, who will check the signature against one on file, Solanskey said.
- Voters who wish to receive an absentee ballot by mail must submit their request by 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Huntington Woods City Hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day and Berkley City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Registered voters can cast absentee ballots in person at the City Clerk's office until 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5.
- All absentee ballots must be returned by 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6.
An application can be requested in person, by mail at Berkley City Hall or Huntington Woods City Hall, or via phone:
3338 Coolidge Hwy.
Berkley, MI 48072
26815 Scotia Road
Huntington Woods, MI 48070
If you've already applied for an absentee ballot, you can track your application and completed ballot throughout the election process using the Oakland County Clerk's Office's new Absentee Ballot Tracker.