Voter Information Cards and AV Ballot Applications
Residents registered to vote in the City of Kentwood should have received a new voter information card from the City Clerk’s Office due to statewide redistricting. This voter card is issued for informational purposes only, notifying you where your voting precinct is located and which districts you live in.
You do not need this card to vote, but you will want to review it carefully if you plan to vote in person. Your precinct location may have changed due to updates made by the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and Kent County Apportionment Commission. You can also visit the online Michigan Voter Information Center to view this information.
Absentee Ballot Applications
If you were previously on the City of Kentwood’s permanent absentee voter list, rest assured you’re still on the list. You will continue to be mailed an application for an absentee ballot before each election held in the City.
Since the City of Kentwood will hold two elections this year, residents on the permanent absentee voter list will soon receive one dual application to indicate if they’d like an absentee ballot for the Aug. 2 primary election and/or the Nov. 8 general election. The application must be completed and returned to the Clerk's Office to receive an absentee ballot for these elections.
More Information Regarding Redistricting
The U.S. House of Representatives, state legislators and county commissioners are elected from districts. These districts divide residents into geographical territories.
Every 10 years, the state constitution requires the Redistricting Commission set new voting districts based on new population data from the U.S. census. Registered voters have received new voter information cards due to recent redistricting as a result of the 2020 census.
Kentwood voters will decide several federal, state and local seats in the primary election Tuesday, Aug. 2 and the general election Tuesday, Nov. 8. The ballots will include U.S. representative, governor, state senator and representative, secretary of state, attorney general, county commissioners. Voters in August will also consider a local parks, trails and recreation millage.
The polls will be open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. both elections. The Clerk's Office will be open for voter registration and absentee ballots 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 30 and Saturday, Nov. 5.
For more information on voter registration, absentee ballots, voting locations and how to apply to be an election worker, visit kentwood.us/elections or contact the City Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or 616.698.9610.