Elections/Voter Information

The Leelanau County Clerk is the Chief Election Official of the County. The County Clerk administers all election functions required by law.  Part of those duties include the supervision of all national, state and local elections and also includes the training of all election workers in the County.

In addition, the Clerk prepares and assists in the official Canvass of each election held in Leelanau County. The Clerk is also responsible for the Administration of the Michigan Campaign Finance Reporting Act for those candidates that file for office at the local level.

To register to vote, you must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be a U.S. resident.  You must also be a resident of Michigan and of the city or township in which you wish to register.

Voters may register in person or by mail.  

To check your registration status, voters may visit the Michigan Election and Voter Information.  Residents will be able to find information on voting by absentee ballot, using voting equipment, and how to contact your local clerk.  You can also find a map to your local polling place, as well as view and print out a sample ballot.

Michigan does have a voter identification requirement at the polls. Voters are asked to present an acceptable photo ID such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Please note that voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls can still vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. The affidavit is located on the reverse side of the Application to vote. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day.

The following types of photo ID are acceptable:

  • Michigan driver's license or state-issued ID card
  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
  • US passport
  • Military identification card with photo
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, such as a college or university
  • Tribal identification card with photo

The ID does not need your address, but it must be valid.

Any voter may vote by absentee ballot.

This page is being updated to comply with changes to the Michigan Constitution, pursuant to the passage of Proposal 2018-003.  Check back frequently or go to the Michigan Bureau of Elections website.

This page last updated on 5/7/2024.