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ELECTIONs and voter information
Michigan Voter Information Center:  Verify your voter registration, register to vote, see your voting location, view your sample ballot, request an absentee ballot and track the status of your absentee ballot at www.michigan.gov/vote.
 
Kentwood residents:  For voter registration, absentee ballot and elections inquiries, contact the Kentwood City Clerk's Office at elections@kentwood.us or 616.554.0730.

Additional information for voters and candidates can be found on the Kent County Elections website.
     Click on the links below to jump ahead to each section:
VOTER REGISTRATION              ABSENTEE BALLOTS            VOTING LOCATIONS            WORKING ELECTIONS

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

For 2020 election results, visit Kent County Election Results.

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.

voter registration
To register to vote, you must be a U.S. 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's 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 (currently by appointment only)
               Kent County Clerk's Office, 300 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
               State Agencies:  Family Independence Agency, Dept. of Community Health, MI 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 14 days of an election must be in person at the City Clerk's Office
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 (Oct. 19 for Nov. 3 election)
  • Within 14 days of the election (Oct. 20 through Election Day, Nov. 3), 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/State ID with current residence address satisfies both requirements.
    • Photo ID = Michigan driver's license or State ID; current license or ID from another state, federal or state government issued photo ID; U.S. 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) = MI driver's license or State ID; 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 to vote

absentee ballot information
Absentee voting (also known as vote by mail or vote from home) is a safe and convenient process. All registered voters can request an absentee ballot; you are not required to declare a reason to vote absentee. A request must be made in writing and signed by the voter. Your signature is verified when you apply and when you return your ballot, and all absentee ballots are processed and counted on Election Day.

Apply for your absentee ballot:
Submit your absentee ballot application:
  • In person / place in drop box = Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton Ave. SE, Kentwood
  • By mail = Kentwood City Clerk, PO Box 8848, Kentwood MI 49518
  • By email = elections@kentwood.us
  • By fax = 616.656.5293
Receive your absentee ballot:  40 days = Sept. 24 for the Nov. 3  election
  • In person - if you apply in person within 40 days of the election, we can hand you a ballot.  You can only receive a ballot for yourself; you cannot pick up a ballot on behalf of someone else.
  • By mail - we begin mailing ballots to voters who have applied about 40 days prior to the election.  If we receive your application within 40 days of the election, we process the request within 24 hours and you will generally receive your ballot within 3 - 5 business days.
Return your absentee ballot:
A return envelope is provided and must be signed by the voter in the signature box.
  • By mail - the return envelope is addressed to the City Clerk's office; we recommend placing in the mail by Monday, Oct. 26
  • In person - bring in to Kentwood City Hall, 4900 Breton Ave. SE, during regular business hours (M-W-Th 7:30-4:30, T 7:30-6, F 7:30-noon)
  • In drop box - in median south of City Hall, 4900 Breton Ave. SE, available 24 hours
  • Deadline:  Your ballot must be received at Kentwood City Hall by 8 p.m. on Election Day.  Postmarks are not accepted. Your ballot cannot be processed at your precinct/polling location or at any other city/county/township office.
  • Track your absentee ballot at www.michigan.gov/vote
Spoiled/Damaged/Lost absentee ballots:
If you make an error filling out your absentee ballot, or if it is lost, damaged, or was never received, you can contact the City Clerk's office to spoil and reissue your ballot. Requests are made in writing with an affidavit form and can be returned in person or sent by mail, email or fax.

Absentee ballot deadlines:
  • To receive an absentee ballot by mail, an application must be received by noon on Friday, Oct. 30
  • To receive an absentee ballot in person to take home, you must appear in person by 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.31
  • To receive and vote an absentee ballot in person, you must appear at City Hall by 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2
  • To register to vote in Kentwood and receive an absentee ballot, you must appear at City Hall with proof of residency by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3
  • All absentee ballots must be returned to City Hall by 8 pm on Election Day (see "Return your absentee ballot" above)
Permanent absent voter list
You can request to be added to Kentwood's permanent absent voter list, and you will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot for 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 Kentwood City Clerk, PO Box 8848, Kentwood, 49518; elections@kentwood.us; 616.698.9610; or in person at 4900 Breton Ave. SE.

city of kentwood polling places
What is a precinct/polling place?
The precinct or polling place is where you go to cast your ballot in person on election day.  The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.  If you do not know your precinct, check your Voter ID Card, call the City Clerk's Office at 616.698.9610, or view online at www.michigan.gov/vote. View the City of Kentwood Precinct Map 

WARD  PRECINCT  LOCATION  ADDRESS 
 1  1, 4, 5  Kentwood Activities Center  355 - 48th St SE
 1  2  St Mary Magdalen Church  1213 - 52nd St SE
 3, 6  Kelloggsville Christian Reformed Church  610 - 52nd St SE
 7  Kentwood Christian Church  5841 Kalamazoo Ave
 Princeton Christian Reformed Church  5330 Kalamazoo Ave
 Grand Rapids Baptist Church  4525 Stauffer Ave
10   St Marks Lutheran Church  1934 - 52nd St SE
11   African Community Fellowship Church  4275 Shaffer Ave
12   Kentwood Library  4950 Breton Ave
13, 15   St Paul United Methodist Church  3334 Breton Ave
14, 18   Covenant Park Clubhouse  3402 - 36th St SE
16   Church of the Servant  3835 Burton St
2 17 Pentecostals of Kentwood 2627 - 44th St SE















Election worker application information
The Kentwood City Clerk's Office 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 infomation on working on election day for the City of Kentwood.