Elections & Voting
The Plainfield Charter Township Clerk’s Office oversees all elections in the Township, including elections for portions of Northview, Comstock Park, Rockford and Kenowa Hills school districts. The Clerk’s Office is committed to providing safe and secure elections and ensuring voting is accessible for all eligible Township residents.
Plainfield Township will hold an election on Nov. 2, 2021 to fill the vacant Michigan Senate seat for the 28th District. Township voters will also consider a millage proposal to finance the construction of a new Community Center.
The 28th Senate District includes the cities of Cedar Springs, Grandville, Rockford, Walker, Wyoming, and the townships of Algoma, Alpine, Byron, Cannon, Courtland, Grattan, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer, Tyrone and Vergennes in Kent County.
DATES AND TIMES
The general election to select an individual to serve in this seat will be Nov. 2.
All polling precincts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day and are handicapped accessible. In Michigan, you do not have to declare a political party to vote, but voters may only select candidates for one party during a primary election.
IF YOU PLAN TO VOTE THIS YEAR, YOU SHOULD:
- Register to vote or confirm you are registered.
- Find your polling location if you plan to vote in person.
- Fill out an absentee ballot application if you do not plan to vote in person.
- All voters who plan to cast an absentee ballot must fill out an absentee ballot application– even if they are on the Township’s automatic application list. The Township automatically sends an application – not an absentee ballot – to registered voters on this list.
- If you are not on Township’s automatic application list but want to be, you can complete an application by clicking here.
- For 2021, the Clerk’s Office will use a dual application for absentee voting. This means absentee voters need to complete and submit only one application to receive ballots in the mail for the August and November elections.
- Voters can sign up to receive an absentee ballot application automatically in the mail leading up to any election.
- Track your absentee application and ballot.
- View sample ballots.
- Contact the Township Clerk’s Office with any questions.
- Read answers to frequently asked questions.
Those who choose to vote absentee in this year’s elections will receive a dual absentee ballot application. This means absentee voters only need to complete and submit one application to receive ballots in the mail for the August and November elections.
Absentee applications and ballots must always be returned to the Township Clerk’s Office – never your precinct.
Registered Township voters can return absentee applications and ballots to the Township Clerk’s Office by mail at 6161 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI, 49306 or via the secure drive-up drop box located in front of Township Hall.
NOV. 2 GENERAL ELECTION
Last day to register for the November general election in any manner other than in person at the Township Clerk’s Office.
If registering by mail, the application must be postmarked by Oct. 18 and addressed to the Plainfield Township Clerk’s Office, 6161 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI, 49306.
Oct. 19 through 8 p.m. Nov. 2 (Election Day)
Township residents eligible to register to vote may do so only in person at the Township Clerk’s Office with proof of residency such as a driver’s license, state ID or utility bill.
PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP PRECINCT MAPYou can find your polling location by viewing this Township map or by visiting michigan.gov/vote and entering your name or driver’s license number. All precincts are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Plainfield Charter Township has 11 precincts. You will vote in the same precinct for ALL elections.
MILITARY PERSONNEL OR RESIDENTS OVERSEASThe Federal Voting Assistance Program helps uniformed service members and their families or residents temporarily living outside the U.S. with the voting process.
You can fill out a federal postcard application online by visiting FVAP.gov. A ballot will be sent to you.
To view election results, a list of candidates and deadlines for candidates, visit the Kent County Clerk’s Office website.
BECOME AN ELECTION INSPECTORThe Clerk’s Office is not hiring at this time.
The Clerk’s Office hires qualified Township residents to serve as election inspectors. These individuals perform duties within the scope of Michigan Election Law and as directed by the Clerk and Clerk’s Office staff. Election inspector is a paid position and subject to the federal Minimum Wage Act.
Applicants may be considered for an election inspector position if they:
- Are at least 16 years old.
- Submit an application to the Township Clerk's Office by mail at 6161 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI, 49306 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Are willing to declare a political party preference to ensure a balanced election board.
- Can attend mandatory, paid election worker training.
Applicants are ineligible to serve as election inspectors if they:
- Are a candidate for any position in the current election.
- Have an immediate family member who is a candidate for any position in the current election.
- Are an election challenger.
- Are a member of the local Board of Canvassers.
- Have ever been convicted of a felony or an election crime.
CONTACT THE CLERK’S OFFICE
The Clerk’s Office is located at Township Hall, 6161 Belmont Ave. NE, Belmont, MI, 49306. For questions, call 616.364.6588 or email email@example.com.