About the Clerk's Office
February 27, 2024 – Presidential Primary
August 6, 2024 – Primary Election
November 5, 2024 – General Election
Have Questions about the upcoming Presidential Primary Election? Read this helpful Q&A for more information.
Duties & Responsibilities
The mission of the Clerk’s Office is to serve the citizens and employees of Bangor Charter Township in a helpful, courteous and friendly manner, and to be a Township employee that Bangor citizens can call upon for help whenever necessary.
Duties (Not Inclusive)
Duties of the Clerk (not inclusive)
- Assemble, prepare and preserve the corporate records in the form of Board minutes, ordinances, agreements, policies, and other legal documents
- Witness oaths and affidavits and certify documents
- Conduct Township Elections
- Maintain Voter Registration Records
- Maintain Precinct Election Inspector Workers
- Payroll Processing and Payroll Tax Reporting
- Benefits Administrator
- Special Assessment Preparation and Processing
- Accounts Payable Processing
- Financial Reports
- Oversee Township Audit
You never have to miss an election!
• You no longer need a reason to obtain an absentee ballot.
• Eligible citizens can now register in person at the Clerk’s office with proof of residency starting 14 days before an election and continuing through 8 pm on Election Day.
• Election day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in clerk’s office or vote in person in the proper precinct.
• Deadline for the Clerk’s office to receive an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed is now 5 p.m. the Friday before an election.
Photo ID Requirement
Due to a recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling regarding a Michigan law passed in 1996, ALL voters are now required to show identification at the polls. This requirement was effective with the November 2007 election. Voters must comply with the requirements by showing photo identification or sign an affidavit attesting that they are not in possession of picture identification. A ballot cannot be issued to a voter unless they display picture identification or sign the affidavit. (MCL 168.523)
Voters can satisfy the photo ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card.
Voters who do no possess either document may show any of the following form of photo ID as long as they are current:
Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.
Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
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.
Polling locations are open for voting on Election days from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and remain open to the public until all election reports are totaled and prepared for delivery to the Township Clerk’s office on Election night.
You may make an emergency request for an absentee ballot if you cannot attend the polls because of a personal injury or illness or a family death or illness that requires you to leave your community for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
The emergency must have occurred late enough that you could not file for a regular absentee voter ballot. If you are requesting an absentee ballot, you may have someone deliver your written request for the ballot to our office before 4:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Bangor Charter Township strives to provide quality services at our voting precincts. The State Election Law requires a staff of certified workers to work the polls on election day. The workers are paid a per diem.
Why not consider helping your community and becoming more politically active by becoming an Election Inspector?
Election inspectors are people who assist voters at the polls on election day. Registered voters within Bay County interested in service as election inspectors can obtain and submit an election inspector application at the Bangor Township Clerk’s office. In addition to their name and address, applicants must include their political party preference and qualifications to fill the position, such as education and experience.
Workers cannot be a challenger, candidate, member of a candidate’s immediate family or a member of the local Board of Canvassers. Anyone convicted of a felony or an elections crime may not serve. High school students (ages 16 and above) can be appointed to be an election inspector and do not need to be registered voters, but must declare a political party and can be paid. Students cannot, however, be Election Inspector Chairpersons.
The Township Election Commission appoints inspectors at least 21 days, but not more than 40 days, prior to an election. Election inspectors are covered by the Federal Minimum Wage Act.
Feel free to call the Clerk’s office at (989) 684-8041 for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
180 State Park Drive (corner of Wheeler Road and State Park Drive) Who can register to vote? To register to vote in Michigan you must be: a U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age by election day a resident of Michigan and of the city/township where you are registering to vote.
We encourage you to register at the Township Clerk’s office. Voters may also register to vote by mail, at your county clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. In addition, specified agencies providing services through the Family Independence Agency, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Career Development offer voter registration services to their clients. Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services. Eligible citizens can now register in person at the Clerk’s office with proof of residency starting 14 days before an election and continuing through 8 pm on Election Day. Change of address? You may change your address within the Charter Township of Bangor by filling out a new voter registration form available at the above-mentioned agencies or by sending in your voter ID card with your new Bangor Township address on the back.
A new card may be obtained from the Bangor Charter Township Clerk’s office or by calling (989) 684-8041 during regular business hours.
YES. Individuals who register to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election following their registration.
NO. Registration is permanent as long as you continue to live in the city or township where you are presently registered. However, if you move, you must re-register at your new address. Persons changing their names as the result of marriage or a legal action should report this to their local clerk. Also, if any changes are made to your Driver’s License, this change will be reflected in the voter registration files (Qualified Voter File) and if done at the Secretary of State’s Office, they will give you the opportunity to register.
By Law, residence is where you habitually sleep, keep your personal belongings, and have your regular place of lodging. You may not register at your business address. Military service members, U.S. Government employees and their families living outside of the U.S. may register to vote at their last legal residence within the U.S.
NO. Jury duty is determined from the Driver’s License File.
Answer any questions the election inspector may ask in attempting to confirm your registration or contact your Township Clerk.
YES. Any elector may request voting assistance from the precinct board without stating a reason, in which case two inspectors (one from each political party), will render assistance. If you need assistance because you are blind, disabled or unable to read or write, you may ask anyone (except your employer, an agent of your employer or an officer or agent of your union) to give you assistance.
Voter Assistance Terminals (VAT) are available in every precinct for use by a voter that would otherwise needs assistance.
YES. All campaigning must be conducted at least 100 feet away from the entrance used by voters in which the polls are located.
If your ballot is an absentee ballot, return it sealed in the envelope, to the Clerk’s office and a new ballot can be re-issued. If you make an error on your ballot at the polls, return the ballot to the election inspectors and ask to have another ballot issued.
Persons interested in seeking a public office in Bangor Township may contact the Clerk’s Office.
Qualified Voter File records are available from the Clerk’s office. There are several formats available at various costs.
A Primary Election is held by the political parties to select their nominees for the offices to be elected at the upcoming general election. In a primary, any party that qualifies may appear on the primary ballot, the candidates compete against each other within their respective party affiliation. In a primary, a vote must be cast for an individual party ONLY. Split party voting will be rejected. Primary Elections are held the first Tuesday of August.
A General Election is between all qualified party nominees. The general election determines which candidate(s) will occupy the office that is to be elected. A vote may be cast for any party candidate the voter may elect. Statewide and local ballot proposals may also appear on the general election ballot. General Elections are held the first Tuesday of November.