Election & Voting Information

I. Register to Vote

II. Absentee Ballot Information
III. City of South Haven Elections
IV. South Haven Public School Elections
V.  Additional Links

I. Register to Vote

A person wishing to register to vote may do so by completing the Voter Registration Application through the following sources:

  • City of South Haven:
    City Hall, 539 Phoenix Street
    State of Michigan Voter Registration Form
  • Secretary of State Office, Paw Paw
  • Secretary of State “Renewal by Mail” program. (See Michigan Voter Registration Application link at left. This allows Michigan citizens who are renewing their driver license by mail to register to vote at the same time).

For your convenience, when you visit the Secretary of State Office to update your information (name change, change of address, etc.) they will forward your updated information to the Clerk of the district of which you are a registered voter. For more information about registering to vote, go to the Department of State web site

II. Absentee Ballot Information

Absentee Ballots are available 45 days prior to the election. With the passage of Proposal 3 of 2018, any qualified and registered elector of the City of South Haven is eligible to receive an absentee ballot. A written request for an absentee ballot must be received by the Clerk's Office.  An Absentee Ballot Application may be submitted as your request.  Use the link below to view the Absentee Ballot Application for the current election.

Absentee Ballot Application

Completed Absentee Ballot Applications can be mailed to the following address:

City Clerk
539 Phoenix Street
South Haven, MI 49090

III. City of South Haven Elections

The elections of all City Officers are held on a non-partisan basis. The General City Election is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in every odd numbered year.

The City consists of three wards with two Council members from each ward serving a four-year term. At each regular City Election from the City at large, a mayor is elected to a two-year term.

A City Primary Election is held, if required, on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in August of each odd year in which a regular City Election is to be held.

Those seeking a position as an Elected Official must submit 1) a petition with the required number of signatures, 2) a completed and signed Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing form; and 3) a completed and signed Statement of Organization for Candidate Committees form if the person has not previously run for public office.

IV. South Haven Public School Elections

Changes in the Michigan Election Law now require that Townships conduct their own elections. Therefore, township residents must vote in the township in which they reside. Residents of the City will continue to vote at City Hall, 539 Phoenix Street. Please contact your City or Township Clerk should you have any questions.

Interested in running for Public Office? Here are some important points you will need to know to successfully run for Public Office in the South Haven Primary or General Election:

1) Pick up a Nominating Petition and an Affidavit of Identity Form at City Hall. Complete the appropriate blanks.
2) If running for the office of City Council, collect a minimum of six and a maximum of twenty signatures within the ward of your residence. If running for the position of mayor, the signature requirements are the same as above but the signatures can be collected city-wide;
3) File your completed Petitions and Affidavits of Identity by the required dates.

V. Additional Links

Michigan Secretary of State
New Election Requirements
Election Results
City Ward Map