Voter & Election Information


Withdrawal Deadline Notice

Candidates wishing to be removed from consideration for the August 6, 2024, Primary Election ballot are required to do so by Friday, April 26, 2024, at 4:00 PM

(The Township office is Closed Fridays)

Special arrangements must be made by calling Clerk Sue Courtade at (231)463-2508.

Advance notice is required in order to be available by the 4:00 PM deadline.

Thank you for your consideration.

The Next Election is the Primary Election on August 6th, 2024

Dates of interest for the Primary Election:

  • End of May 2024: Applications for Absentee Voter Ballots will be mailed out to those that have requested them.
  • Beginning, Thursday, June 27th, 2024: Absentee Voter Ballots will be mailed to voters that have returned their completed applications; Absentee Voter Ballots will also be available during regular office hours for voters who apply for ballots. Make sure to bring your photo ID.
  • Saturday, July 27th, 2024, Early Voting begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, August 4th, Last Day of Early Voting ends at 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 5th, 2024, Registered voters may apply for an Absentee Voter Ballot in person at the Clerk’s Office. This option ends by 4:00 p.m. The Clerk’s Office closes at 4:00 p.m. to prepare for the Election.
  • Tuesday, August 6th, 2024: In-person Voting, at your precinct, on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Secure Ballot Material Drop Boxes are now available for you to send your
Absentee Ballot Applications back to our office.
We collect items returned every business day.
Both locations have 24-hour surveillance video cameras and lighting. 

News from the Clerks’ office

There are some changes and options for the way Michigan voters may cast their ballots:

Absentee Ballot and Permanent Absentee Ballot List

In 2022, Michigan Voters approved the option to receive an Absentee Ballot by completing an application once and receiving an absentee ballot for all elections moving forward. When receiving an application for absentee ballot, make sure to review your options. If you feel that the Permanent Absentee Ballot is right for you, complete the application by checking the box to join the Permanent Absentee Ballot List. Make sure to sign and date where appropriate. This is not mandatory and may not be appropriate for each voters’ situation. You may request in writing, which must include your signature, to be removed from this list at any time. If you are going to temporarily be away for an upcoming election, it is your responsibility to notify the Clerk’s Office to send the absentee ballot to a different address. Ballots are non-forwardable through postal mail. If you move within the State of Michigan and update your voter registration address, your status on the Permanent Absentee Ballot List will remain with you at your new Michigan location.

Early Voting: New for 2024

 Voters have the right to vote and place their completed ballot into the secure tabulator during the 9 days of early voting beginning the second Saturday before each State and/or Federal Election. The East Bay Township Hall is the host site for Early Voting for all East Bay registered voters as well as the registered voters from Peninsula, Acme, Whitewater, and Union Townships. Early Voting will take place in the Township Hall North Conference Room from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. each of these 9 days. If you are not currently registered to vote, stop by the Clerk’s Office to get registered before going to the Early Voting site. 

In Person voting:

In-person voting on Election Day at your assigned precinct location continues to be an option.

Voting Precinct #1: GT County Metro Admin Building, 897 Parsons Rd., 49686
Voting Precincts #2 & #3:   East Bay Ambulance & Fire Station #9, 110 High Lake Rd., 49696
Voting Precincts #4 & #5:  East Bay Township Hall, 1965 N. Three Mile Rd., 49696

Susanne M. Courtade MiPMC3/MMC, Clerk                                

Holly L. Couturier MiPMC, Deputy Clerk                                

Notice of Election Commission Meeting

Next scheduled Election Commission meeting 
to be announced soon.

Public Accuracy Test Day will be announced soon. 

Voter & Election Information 

To see your voter registration information, click here: Your voter information

To see what's on your ballot for the upcoming election, click here: What's on your ballot?

To request an absent voter ballot, click here: Request an absentee ballot

To track your absent voter ballot, click here:  Your voter information

Election results, visit the Grand Traverse County website 

To see videos of the current election equipment, click here.

To see political sign restrictions for East Bay TWP (click here Resolution 2012-16 Sign Regulations and Zoning Ordinance - Section 215 ) and some of our surrounding areas visit this site from the Grand Traverse County Clerk's Office:

NOTICE TO VOTERS: New Voter Identification Requirement in Effect

Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.  (See MCL 168.523 for picture identification requirement)

You may register with the Township Clerk, County Clerk or any Secretary of State branch office in Michigan. If you have any questions, call the Township Clerk or the Grand Traverse County Clerk's office at (231)-922-4760. 

Election Day Poll Hours & Locations
Click here for poll opening and closing hours.

Where do I vote? 
 Click here for map.

Precinct 1 votes at Grand Traverse Metro Administration Office located at 897 Parsons Road.
Precincts 2 & 3 vote at the East Bay Station #9 at 110 High Lake Road.
Precinct 5 votes at the north end  and Precinct 4 votes at the south end of Township Hall. 
You may request an Absentee Voter Ballot for these elections. 

Other Links and Info
Voter ID Requirements
Voter Registration Form
Additional Voter/Election Forms

Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC)
The MVIC provides residents with information regarding their voter registration status, upcoming elections, absent voter ballot application, clerk information and lets you preview your ballot. Clink the link below for more information. Enter the Michigan Voter Information Center