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Cathy Smith, City Clerk/Assistant to the City Manager
100 E. Division Street
Ishpeming, MI  49849
Phone: (906) 485-1091, Ext. 203
Fax: (906) 485-6246



PRECINCT 1                                                     PRECINCT 2 
Birchview Elementary School                         KD Hall – St. Johns Church
663 Poplar Street                                               325 S. Pine Street
Ishpeming, MI  49849                                      Ishpeming, MI  49849

MCL 168.720 Section 720: On the day of any election, the polls shall be opened at 7 o’clock in the forenoon, and shall be continuously open until 8 o’clock in the afternoon and no longer. Every qualified elector present and in line at the polls at the hour prescribed for the closing thereof shall be allowed to vote



Negaunee Township Community Center
42 East M-35
Negaunee, MI  49866

All qualified electors have the right to mark a ballot and deposit the ballot in a tabulator beginning the second Saturday before an election and ending the Sunday before the election.  Early voting will be available at the above site from
9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. on all nine days of early voting.  


Please visit the Bureau of Elections website for additional information on early in-person voting. 



Voter Identification Requirement



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.

Voters with picture identification: Voters can satisfy the picture identification requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card.

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture identification as long as they are current:

  • Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
  • U.S. passport.
  • Military identification card with photo.
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Tribal identification card with photo.

Voters without picture identification:

Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture identification. Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.

Questions regarding the picture identification requirement can be directed to your City Clerk’s office at (906) 485-1091, ext. 203.


To register to vote in Michigan you must be:

To register to vote, you must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of Michigan
  • A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.

Voter Preregistration

Public Act 258 of 2023 amended Michigan Election Law to allow individuals between 16 and 17.5 years old to pre-register to vote.  If you pre-register to vote, you will be automatically registered to vote when you turn 17.5 and will be eligible to vote in the first election that takes place on or after your 18th birthday.

You can register or pre-register to vote either:

  • Online at Register to Vote
  • By Mail
  • In person at your local City Clerk’s Office

Online voter registration is now available on the State of Michigan Website.  Residents across the state can take advantage of this convenient way to register to vote.  Also, current voters can easily change their address by using the same website.

To register online, visitors will need your Michigan Driver’s License or Personal Identification Card and qualify to vote in the State of Michigan (i.e., citizen, age, residency).

The deadline to register in a method other than in person at the Local Clerk’s Office is now the 15th days prior to the election.  With the passage of Proposal 18-3, you may now register in the final 14 days prior to an election and on Election  Day in person at the Ishpeming City Clerk’s Office with Identification and Proof of Residency.   Acceptable documents include a driver’s license, state ID card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document.  Documents must have name and current address.  Digital copies are acceptable.

Additional voter information can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State website.



Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.

Click here to view the Secretary of State Website for further information


To view sample ballots and other information

To view a sample ballot for upcoming elections please visit Michigan Voter Information Center and click on “View your Sample Ballot for the upcoming election”.  Then enter Marquette County;  Ishpeming City; and then either Precinct 1 – Birchview School, 663 Poplar Street or Precinct 2 – KD Hall-S. John’s Church, 325 S. Pine Street.

Election Dates




For additional information and resources regarding voting, please visit the Secretary of State Website. 

If you have any questions regarding your voter registration, absentee voting, precinct location,  or other election related questions, please contact the Cathy Smith. City Clerk at 906-485-1091, x203 .

Thank you! 



Phone: (906)485-1091  •  Fax: (906)485-6246  •  City Hall: 100 E. Division Street, Ishpeming, MI 49849
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