Elections

Clerk

Verify your voter registration, register to vote, see your voting location, view your sample ballot and track the status of your absentee ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center.  

NEW FOR 2020 - Absent Voter Ballot mailing envelopes have a new look, redesigned to meet USPS standards. You will receive your ballot in a blue and white envelope, and return the ballot in the enclosed green and white envelope. Make sure to affix postage and sign the return envelope!
Due to Michigan's Stay Home, Stay Safe order, the Clerk's Office will be available by appointment as follows: 
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - noon      Saturday May 2  7:00 - 3:00      Monday May 7:30 - 4:00
Appointments can be requested by calling 616.554.0730 or by email to elections@kentwood.us

2020 ELECTION SCHEDULE
2020 is a Presidential election year.  Elections held in the City of Kentwood will be as follows:
     March 10, 2020   -   Presidential Primary election
     May 5, 2020      -     Kelloggsville School proposal - precincts 1,4,5 only
     August 4, 2020   -    Federal/State Primary election
     November 3, 2020 - Presidential/Federal/State General Election
See below for information on voter registration, voting locations and absentee ballots.
Additional information for voters and candidates can be found on the Kent County Elections website.

May 5, 2020 Notice of Registration and Notice of Absentee Voting
The Michigan Bureau of Elections has created a YouTube video for Michigan voters, "A Voter's Guide to Voting" which explains what to expect when you appear at your voting location on election day.

For March 10, 2020 Presidential Primary election results, visit Kent County Election Results.
For voter registration and elections inquiries, contact  elections@kentwood.us  or  616.554.0730.

Election and Voter Information:
Voter Registration           Absentee Ballot Information          Voting Locations          Election Workers

Register to Vote

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Michigan or if you are a registered voter who has recently moved, there are several ways you may complete your voter registration with the City of Kentwood.  

To register to vote, you must be a US citizen, 18 years of age (by election day), and a Kentwood resident for 30 days (by election day).

Online Voter Registration
     You must have a valid Michigan driver license or state ID card
     Register at michigan.gov/VoterRegistration

In Person Voter Registration
    
Complete the Michigan Voter Registration/Change of Address Form
     Bring the form and photo ID to one of the following offices:
                   Kentwood City Clerk's Office, 4900 Breton Ave. SE, Kentwood
                   Any Secretary of State Branch Office
                   Kent County Clerk's Office, 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids
                   State Agencies:  Family Independance Agency, Department of Community Health, Michigan Jobs Commission

Mail-in Voter Registration
    
Complete the Michigan Voter Registration/Change of Address Form
     Mail to:  Kentwood City Clerk, PO Box 8848, Kentwood MI 49518
     email to: elections@kentwood.us

Voter Registration within 30 days of an election

You must register to vote prior to appearing at your voting location on election day:

  • Register in person, online, or by mail up to 15 days prior to election day (Apr 20 for May 5, 2020 election) at the City or County Clerk's office, Secretary of State office, or a State designated voter registration agency (listed above).
  • Within 14 days of the election (up to and including Election day), register in person at the City Clerk's office, 4900 Breton Ave SE, providing proof of identity (photo ID) and proof of residence.  A Michigan driver's license or state ID with current residence address satisfies both requirements.
    • Photo ID = Michigan driver license or state ID; current license or ID from another state; federal or state government issued photo ID; US passport; student ID with photo; military ID card with photo; or tribal ID card with photo.
    • Residence (must include applicant's name and current address) = Utility bill; bank statement; paycheck; government check; or other government document.
  • On Election day, a newly registered voter may choose to either vote an absentee ballot at the City Clerk's office or receive a receipt and travel to their precinct/voting location and vote a ballot.

ELECTION WORKERS:  The City of Kentwood is looking for friendly people who are detail oriented and comfortable working with computers.  To apply to be an election worker, complete an application and return it to the City Clerk's Office.  View information on working for elections for the City of Kentwood.

Absentee Ballot Information

Obtaining an Absent Voter Ballot
If you are a registered voter within the City of Kentwood you may obtain an Absent Voter Ballot from the Kentwood City Clerk's office.  You must request an absentee ballot in writing, and may submit the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.  You are not required to declare a reason for requesting an absentee ballot.

Apply for a Ballot by:

  • letter or postcard noting full name, election date, registered address, and mailing address, with signature and date
  • absentee ballot application
  • in person at the Kentwood City Clerk's office
  • if you are eligible, with a Federal Postcard Application (for military/overseas voters)
In person = 4900 Breton Ave SE; by mail = PO Box 8848, Kentwood, 49518; by email = elections@kentwood.us; by fax = 616.656.5293.

  * Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is noon on Friday prior to the election.  
  * You may request an absentee ballot in person the Saturday before election day.  
  * Registered voters may vote an absentee ballot in person at the Kentwood City Clerk's office up until 4 p.m. on the day before the election. 
  * If you register to vote in the Clerk's office on election day, you may vote an absentee ballot at that time.

 AV EnvelopesPermanent Absent Voter List:  The Kentwood City Clerk's office maintains a Permanent Absent Voter List.  Permanent AVs are mailed an application for an absentee ballot prior to every election held in the City.  If you choose to vote in person or decline to vote in an election, you can disregard the mailed application.  The application must be completed and returned to the Clerk's office to receive an absentee ballot. 

To be placed on the permanent absent voter list, complete this form or make a request by mail, email, by phone, or in person, providing your name, address, and year of birth to the Kentwood City Clerk, PO Box 8848, Kentwood, 49518; elections@kentwood.us; 616.698.9610; or in person at 4900 Breton Ave. SE.

NEW FOR 2020 - Absent Voter Ballot mailing envelopes have a new look, redesigned to meet USPS standards. You will receive your ballot in a blue and white envelope, and return the ballot in the enclosed green and white envelope. Make sure to affix postage and sign the return envelope!

City Of Kentwood Polling Places

What is a Precinct/Polling Place?
The precinct or polling place is where you go to cast your ballot. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. and you vote at your assigned polling place on Election Day. If you do not know your Ward and Precinct, check your Voter ID card or call the City Clerk's office.

View the City of Kentwood Precinct Map
 
WARD PRECINCT LOCATION ADDRESS
1 1, 4, 5 Kentwood Activities Center 355 - 48th St
1 2 St. Mary Magdalen Church 1213 - 52nd St
1 3, 6 Kelloggsville Chr Ref Church 610 - 52nd St
1 7 Kentwood Christian Church 5841 Kalamazoo Ave
1 8 Princeton Chr Ref Church 5330 Kalamazoo Ave
1 9 Grand Rapids Baptist Church 4525 Stauffer Ave
2 10 St. Marks Lutheran Church 1934 - 52nd St
2 11 African Comm Fellowship Ch 4275 Shaffer Ave
2 12 Kentwood Library 4950 Breton Ave
2 13, 15 St. Paul United Methodist Ch 3334 Breton Ave
2 14, 18 East Paris Chr Ref Church 3065 East Paris Ave
2 16 Church of the Servant 3835 Burton St
2 17 Pentecostals of Kentwood 2627 - 44th St SE