2022 Election Dates
August 2 - Primary Election
November 8 - General Election
The redistricting based on 2020 census data has been approved and there will be NO precinct boundary changes in Cascade Township. What has changed is the numbering of some districts.
In all precincts, the Michigan State House of Representatives has changed to District 80.
In all precincts, the Michigan State Senate has changed to District 30. United States Representative to Congress remains District 3.
County Commissioner:Precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, & 10 have changed to District 21. Precincts 4, 5, & 9 remain District 5.
Reminder to Precinct 9 voters ONLY: Your polling location has moved to Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd.
ALL VOTERS will receive an updated voter ID card reflecting these changes in the mail in a few months.
||FOREST HILLS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
6590 CASCADE ROAD SE
||THORNAPPLE CONVENANT CHURCH
6595 CASCADE ROAD (AT BURTON)
||CASCADE FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH
6655 CASCADE ROAD SE
||BUTTRICK FIRE STATION
2990 BUTTRICK AVE. SE
||ADA BIBLE CHURCH (SOUTH ENTRANCE)
8899 CASCADE ROAD SE
||CASCADE CHRISTIAN CHURCH -- CENTENNIAL HALL
2829 THORNAPPLE RIVER DRIVE
||CASCADE LIBRARY WISNER CENTER (FRIENDS ROOM)
2870 JACKSMITH AVENUE SE
||THORNAPPLE COMMUNITY REFORMED CHURCH
3260 THORNAPPLE RIVER DRIVE (AT THORNHILLS)
View the Cascade Charter Township precinct map to determine your precinct location
||THORNAPPLE CONVENANT CHURCH
6595 CASCADE ROAD (AT BURTON)
||ADA BIBLE CHURCH (WEST ENTRANCE)
8899 CASCADE RD. SE
-- or use the interactive voting precinct/polling location map to search by your address.
Once the map appears, click on the parcel search feature (right side of screen) to search by your address.
Why don’t I automatically get sent absentee ballots if I’m on the permanent list?
By law, you must fill out an application before receiving a ballot. We send absentee ballot applications to everyone on our permanent absentee voter list about six weeks before every eligible election. When you fill out your absentee ballot and return it, your ballot will be issued and mailed to you as quickly as possible. Once you are on the permanent list, we do not remove you unless you request us to do so.
What is early voting?
In Michigan, early voting is applying for and voting your absentee ballot. There are no polling locations open before Election Day.
Why am I receiving additional mailings and emails about my absentee ballot?
These materials come from third-party organizations. We send only official absentee applications and ballots to voters who have requested them. We do not send additional election-related emails or mailings. If you submitted an absentee ballot application, you will be sent an official absentee ballot from us. Photos of the official absentee ballot are featured at the bottom of this page.
To track your absentee ballot, please contact our clerk’s office or visit michigan.gov/vote
How do I check if my absentee ballot was rejected?
We do not reject ballots until Election Day. We reject ballots only if there is no signature and we are unable to contact the voter.
To check the status of your absentee ballot, please contact our clerk’s office or visit michigan.gov/vote
Will USPS forward my ballot if I have a summer/winter home in another state?
USPS will not forward your ballot even if you are having your mail forwarded to a temporary address. The ballot will be delivered to the address on the envelope. If there is a forward on the mail, it will come back to us.
What if I’m temporarily away from my home or have a PO box?
On your absentee ballot application, there is a box to put a temporary address if you’d like to have your ballot sent to a different address than where you are registered.
What if I’m overseas on Election Day?
You can fill out a federal postcard application if you are currently living outside of the United States. If you go to FVAP.gov
and fill out the FPCA, you can be sent a ballot overseas. You can also complete this process via email if you are a FPCA voter.
Can I pick up a ballot for my kids, spouse or parents?
No, you may only pick up your own ballot if you come to get your absentee ballot in the clerk’s office. We are not able to hand you anyone else’s ballot besides your own. You will also need your photo ID with you in order for us to hand you your ballot, otherwise, we will mail it.
What if I make a mistake?
We put instructions in every ballot envelope we send out. If you have made a mistake on your ballot, you may bring it back into Township Hall to have it spoiled and be reissued a new one. Please follow the directions carefully.
Is power of attorney acceptable for voting?
Everyone must sign their own absentee ballot and application. Power of attorney is not acceptable.
Do I have to be affiliated with a political party to vote?
No, you do not need to be affiliated with a political party to vote. We do not keep record of any political party affiliation. You may vote however you want.
Where do I vote in person?
You can find your polling location by entering your address in our interactive precinct polling map
How can I check the status of my absentee ballot?
For absentee ballot and all other election information questions, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website
Understanding the Voting Process
Please click here to watch a video explaining the voting process and what to expect when you enter a precinct location.
Election Q&A with Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck
Please click here
to watch a video with Ottawa County Clerk Justin Roebuck
New Absent Voter Ballot Envelopes
Please note that the state of Michigan has redesigned its absent voter ballot envelopes in an effort to make them more user-friendly for voters and postal workers.
Keep an eye out for a blue and white envelope during the upcoming weeks. Instead of the traditional manila envelope used in the past, a blue envelope will be mailed to voters with a green envelope inside. The back of the blue envelope contains instructions on how to return your ballot using the green envelope.
Blue Envelope – The back of the envelope contains instructions on how to return your ballot. Inside the blue envelope will be the green envelope.
Green Envelope – The green envelope contains the ballot and a sleeve with instructions on how to complete the ballot. Once your ballot is completed, place it in the secrecy sleeve and put both items back into the green envelope.
For more information on the new absent voter ballots, please contact the clerk’s office at 616.949.1508.
Absentee Ballot Information
Absentee Ballots are available for all elections. The State of Michigan does require that a completed Absentee Ballot Application be received by the local clerk for EACH
registered voters are eligible to vote absentee.
If you want to vote by absent voter ballot you must request an application for a ballot. The Absent Voter Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
Please mail the application to:
Cascade Charter Township
5920 Tahoe Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Any questions, please call the clerk's office at (616) 949-1508.
If you would like to be an Election Inspector, please complete an application and submit it to the clerk at the Township of Cascade, 5920 Tahoe Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Election Inspector Application
You are eligible to vote if you are:
- A citizen of the United States
- At least 18 years old on or before the next election
- A resident of Michigan
- Registered 30 days prior to the next election
You are not required to re-register for each election unless you have moved or changed your name. If you have moved and need to re-register, you can call the Clerk’s office at (616) 949-1508.
You can register to vote at any:
- Secretary of State Branch Office
- County Clerk’s Office
- Cascade Charter Township Clerk’s Office
- By mail (Important reminder if you register by mail – you must vote in person in your first election)
A Voter Identification Card will be issued to each registered voter. This ID card has the following information:
Township: Cascade Charter Township
US Congressional: 03
State Senate: 30
State Representative: 80
County Commissioner: Precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 & 10: District 21
Precincts 4, 5, & 9: District 05
School District: Forest Hills, Caledonia or Lowell
View information regarding Precinct Locations
You can verify your voter registration by calling the Clerk’s Office at (616) 949-1508 or by clicking the link below for MVIC.
Michigan Voter Information Center
(MVIC) has additional information such as:
- How do I register to vote?
- Find your clerk
- Absentee Ballots
- Work at the Polls
- Voting machine Instructions
- Local election calendar
- Map to your polling place
Voter Application Forms
Michigan Voter Information Center
(MVIC) has all of the information you need to:
- Determine if you are registered to vote
- Find your polling location
- Contact your local election official
- Learn to use your voting equipment
- Find answers to frequently asked questions
- See your sample ballot
And as always, feel free to contact the Clerk’s office if you have any questions we can answer.
Voter Registration/Driver License/Change of Address Form
The Election Commission has posted their meeting agendas and minutes in the Reference Desk
section of the website.