Elections & Voting
The next election is scheduled for Tuesday February 27, 2023
The election is to choose potential presidential candidates for 2024. You must choose to vote either a Democratic Party or Republican Party Ballot.
Applications for ballots will be available in mid-December. If you are already on the automatic ballot list, you will be getting notification that must be returned to us indicating which ballot you would like mailed to you. For more information you can visit Michigan.gov/Elections.
Candidates and Proposals
For a complete list of candidates and proposal wording, please visit the Oakland County Elections Division website
Important Upcoming Dates
Mid-January 2024 - the first mailing of absentee ballots will be sent out
Monday, February 12th - the last day to register to vote in any matter other than in-person at the Clerk's office
Friday, February 23rd @ 5pm - Deadline for voters to request an absentee ballot to be mailed via first class mail
Saturday, February 17th - Nine days of early voting begins at the M/M Senior Center located at 3500 Marias, Royal Oak, MI 48073 and also at Waterford Oaks Activity Center, 2800 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328. Hours are 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm. This continues until Sunday, February 25th. Same hours each day with the exception of Thursday, February 22nd in which the voting hours will be from 12pm - 8pm. Reminder - if you have received your absentee ballot and decide that you want to vote at the early voting site instead, we must spoil your absentee ballot and issue you a new ballot at the early voting site. This is the same procedure as election day as well.
Saturday, February 24th - City Clerk's office open from 8:30am - 4:30pm to issue absentee ballots.
Monday, February 26th - Deadline for registered voters to request an absent voter ballot in-person at the Clerk's office. Ballots must be voted in-person.
Tuesday, February 27th - Election Day - polls are open from 7am - 8pm. Absentee ballots must be returned no later than 8pm on Election Day to be counted.
WATCH: Completing Your Absentee Ballot
Military and Overseas Voting
Voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens. Fill out your application here.
Voter Information Center
Royal Oak participates in the state-wide QVF system, and the City’s voting records are available from this system. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center to do the following:
- Determine if you are registered to vote
- Find answers to frequently asked questions
- Find your polling location
- Learn to use your voting equipment
- View your sample ballot
Find out how to become an election inspector for the City of Royal Oak.
View City, County, and State-wide results for past elections.
Find your voting precinct and polling place using our online maps.
Anyone who is 18 years of age may register to vote at the Clerk's Office in the City which they live in. They may also register at any Secretary of State office or local school.
View requirements and apply for an Absentee Voter Ballot.