Polls open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Niles City Residents Vote in the Following
|Ward 1/Precinct 1
||Niles Senior High School
|Ward 2/Precinct 2
||Eastside Connection School
||315 N. 14th Street
|Ward 3/Precinct 3
||Niles Fire Station
||1345 East Main
|Ward 4/Precinct 4
If you have any questions regarding this election or
your voter registration, please call the City Clerk's office at City
Hall at 683-4700, ext.3030, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00
Do You Want To
Serve Your Community in Some Way? Consider Being a Precinct
Would you like to be part of the election process?
Why not consider serving as a Precinct Election Inspector so you can
witness the process first hand. Because of today's busy
schedules, vacations and unfortunately, sometimes, illness; new
persons are always needed to work at the polls.
Precinct Election Inspectors applications may be obtained at the office of
the City Clerk, City Hall,508 E. Main Street, Monday through Friday,
8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Some of the qualifications for the
position include the following:
The current rate of pay is $8.00 per hour and thorough
training will be provided by the Berrien County Clerk at a scheduled
session. If you feel that the day may be too long or you would
only be available for a part of the day, we will be assigning some
inspectors to half-day work schedules, as needed. Please
consider this opportunity as a way to serve your community. Click
here to complete an election inspector application. You may call the Clerk's office at 683-4700,ext.3030 if you have any
questions, we will be happy to help you.
You are qualified to vote in Michigan if:
- You are a citizen of the United States.
- You are at least 18 years of age.
- You are a resident of Michigan for at least 30
days before the election.
- You have registered at least 30 days prior to
the election in which you wish to vote.
You may register at any of the following
- By Mail
- At the office of the county, city, township or
- A branch office of the Secretary of State where
you obtain your driver's license.;
- At the
Michigan Secretary of State website.
- Specified State agencies and military
Change of Address:
- If you change your address WITHIN the city,
township or village, you must re-register to update your address
with any of the officials listed above. You will then be
placed in the correct precinct and issued a new voter registration
- If you move from one community to another, you
must also re-register to be able to vote.
- Changes in name due to marriage or legal action
require re-registration. This may be done at any of the locations
established to take voter registrations.
Political Party Preference;
- Michigan does not require a declaration of
party preference to register or to vote.
Where to Vote:
- Each voter must vote in the voting place
designated to serve the precinct or ward in which they reside.
This location is indicated on your voter identification card or
you may call your local clerk.
- 7:00 am and remain open until 8:00 pm. Anyone
in line at 8:00 pm is eligible to vote.
- City of Niles voters will use the same precinct
for all elections.
At the Polls:
- The first step in casting a ballot involves
signing your name and address on the application to vote.
Information on the application will be compared with the
information on the computer poll list.
Instructions for ballots or operating
- Detailed instructions for the proper method of
casting your vote are posted in each precinct. If added help is
needed, ask the election inspectors.
- If you tear, spoil, or erroneously mark a
ballot, you may return it to the precinct officials and another
ballot will be issued to you. Before you return the spoiled ballot,
be sure to conceal any marks you have made on it.
Assistance in voting:
- Any voter who requires assistance to vote
because of blindness, physical disability or inability to read or
write may be given assistance. Any person of the voter's choice
(Federal Law) may assist except their employer, officer of their
union or an agent of either. Two election inspectors (Michigan
Law) who have expressed a preference for different political
parties shall give assistance if the voter has no one to assist
when assistance is requested.
- Federal Law requires that every precinct be
made accessible to voters with disabilities.
And General Election
- In a primary election the members of each party
nominate candidates for the general election. Also conducted are
non-partisan primaries where the list of candidates exceeds more
than twice the number to be elected.
- You may vote the primary ballot of any
political party but vote for candidates of one political party
ONLY. If you vote in more than one partisan section of the ballot,
the partisan ballot will be rejected.
- In the general election all voters elect
officials from the party nominees and independent candidates.
You may vote absentee ballot if you:
- Expect to be absent from the community of which
registered for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
- Are physically unable to attend the polls
without the assistance of another.
- Cannot attend the polls because of the tenets
of your religion.
- Have been appointed an election precinct
inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside.
- Are 60 years of age or more.
- Cannot attend the polls because of confinement
in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
Application can be by:
Applying for Absentee Ballot:
- By contacting the clerk of your municipality,
in the case of a state primary or general election, the city or
township clerk. State in the application that you are a registered
elector of the community, state a statutory reason, tell where the
ballot must be mailed or delivered, give your present registered
address and sign the request. A.V. Ballots can be mailed only to
registration address or outside the community.
- Each person who desires an absentee ballot must
sign the request as ballots are sent or delivered only to those
- Application can be made for one election only
or for the August primary election and November general election
which follows on one form. Applications may be accepted no sooner
than 75 days preceding the primary election.
- No Absentee Voter Ballots will be supplied
through telephone requests.
Deadline for applying for Absentee Ballot:
- Application must be made by 2:00 pm on the
Saturday preceding the election.
- If after the deadline has passed and it is
found an A.V. Ballot is required, the elector may vote by absentee
ballot in person by 4:00 pm of the day
Federal Post Card Application:
This post card may be used not only for applying
for A.V. ballots but also may be accepted as a voter registration if
the oath has been executed. The use of this application is
- Members of the Armed Forces and their spouses
- Member of Merchant Marines and their spouses
- U.S. citizens temporarily living or traveling
outside of the territorial limits of the United States.