Ferndale Elections

Are you ready to cast your vote? All elections in Ferndale are administered by the City Clerk’s Office. The team strives to offer equitable and inclusive voter services that meet the diverse needs of all residents and voters.

2024 Election Dates

  • August 6- Primary Election
  • November 5- Presidential General


City Clerk's Office

‍300 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220


August 6, 2024 Election

The August Primary Election is on August 6, 2024. Voters will nominate candidates to represent the major political parties for the November General Election. This election does not include presidential candidates—the Presidential Primary Election was held in February.


Vote by Mail (Absentee Ballot)

Any registered voter in Michigan may use Absentee Voting (AV) in any election; no “reason” is required. The easiest way to apply for your AV ballot is online through the Michigan Voter Information Center (MVIC), which becomes available 75 days before each election. When requesting an AV ballot, you will also be given the opportunity to register for the Permanent Absentee Ballot List or the Permanent Absentee Application List. You may also be added to this list by visiting the City Clerk's Office.


Vote In-Person on Election Day

All polling locations are open each Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Use the Precinct Map to locate your precinct. You can visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to confirm your precinct and polling location.


Important Dates

Monday, July 8

If you applied for a mail ballot and have not received it by this date, contact the City Clerk's Office.

Tuesday, July 23 (Through 8:00 p.m. on Election Day)

Beginning July 23, the only way to register to vote is in person at the City Clerk’s Office with proof of residency.

Saturday, July 27-Sunday, August 4

In-person Early Voting is available for voters from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all days except Thursday, August 1, which is available from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. In-person Early Voting for all elections will take place at the Hazel Park Community Center, located at 620 West Woodward Heights Boulevard in Hazel Park, MI 48030, and the Waterford Oaks Activity Center, located at 2800 Watkins Lake Road in Waterford, MI 48328.

Friday, August 2, by 5:00 p.m.

This is the deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you.

Saturday, August 3

City Hall is open on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for voting purposes only.

Monday, August 5, by 4:00 p.m.

This is the deadline to request an absentee ballot in person if you aren’t already registered to vote.

Tuesday, August 6: Election Day

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Find your polling location at Absentee ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m.

Register to Vote

To vote in Ferndale, you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years old by Election Day, and a resident of Ferndale. You can register to vote:

  • Online at the Michigan Voter Information Center
  • In-person at Ferndale City Hall during regular operating hours
  • Dropbox: Print, fill out, and sign the Voter Registration Application and place it in the black drop box outside of City Hall. A drop box will also be available outside City Hall 75 days before each election, as well as a smaller drop box on the front counter on the second floor. Additionally, a new ballot box has been installed in The dot parking garage.
  • Mail: Print, fill out, and sign the Voter Registration Application and mail it to Ferndale Elections at 300 E. Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220.

Election Workers

Looking for a great way to get involved, meet new people, and earn some money? Become an election inspector!

Ferndale’s precincts, absentee voter counting boards, and recieving board are staffed by community members of differing political parties. These volunteers allow us to run efficient, secure, and transparent elections.

Compensation is $15.00 per hour for precinct inspectors and $17.00 an hour for chairs.

If you’re interested in getting involved, we’d love to hear from you. Please complete the Election Inspector Application and the Clerk's Office will be in touch as the next election approaches. 


  • Must be a registered voter in Michigan
  • Must declare political party affiliation on Election Inspector application
  • Must be able to attend a 2-3 hour training session the weekend before the election
  • Must be able to stay until all procedures are finished on election night
  • Moderate to advanced computer skills are highly desired