Election / Voting

Election & Voting Information

Contact: Clerk Skip Keeter or Deputy Clerk Daniele Dykens
Phone: 616-738-4230
Email: ddykens@parktownship.org

2020 Election Timeline of important dates for registering to vote:  Click here for printable document.

Elections Division from Ottawa County Clerk’s Office

 Michigan Voter Information Center from the Department of Sate


NOTICE:  Absentee Voter Ballots 

In order to receive an automatic application for an absentee ballot, a registered voter must make a verbal or written request.  You can do this by contacting the Park Township Clerk’s Office at 399-4520 or by submitting a written request to the Park Township Clerk at 52 – 152nd Avenue, Holland, Michigan 49424.

Department Overview

The position of Clerk in Park Township is an elected one.  Some of the responsibilities of the Clerk include:

  • Keeping the Voter Registration File: The Clerk maintains the voter registration file for all registered voters in the township.
  • Elections:  Another function of the Clerk’s office is conducting ALL elections for the township.
  • The Clerk is also a voting member on the township board.
  • Accounts Payable
  • Payroll

General Voting Information & Frequently Asked Questions

Voter Eligibility

You are qualified to vote if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States.
  • You are at least 18 years of age on or before the day of election at which you seek to vote.
  • You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You have registered to vote on or before the close of registration preceding the election at which you seek to vote.


How can I register?

  • At the office of your county, city, township, or village clerk.
  • At your Secretary of State driver’s license office
  • Secretary of State “renewal by mail”
  • State and federal mail-in forms

Change of Address?

  • If you move within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A change of address card will be completed at the polling place when you vote.
  • If you move outside your city, township or village, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office. The change of address may be made by mail as well as in person.
  • Beginning April 1, 2000 a new law will require that the address on your driver license and the address on your voter registration record be the same. Therefore, if you submit a change of address on your driver license at a Secretary of State Branch Office and/or your local government office, the address on your voter registration record will automatically be changed as well and your new voter I.D. card will be sent.


What is the difference between a primary and a general election?

  • In a primary election the members of each party nominate candidates of their party for the general election. Voters may vote for candidates in one party only.
  • In a general election all voters elect officials from the party nominees and independent candidates. Voters may vote for candidates in more than one party.

How do I apply?

  • By contacting the clerk of your municipality, tell where the ballot must be mailed or delivered, give your present registered address and sign the application. Absentee Ballots can be mailed only to registration address or an address outside the community.
  • Each person who desires an absentee ballot must sign the application as ballots are sent or delivered only to those who sign.
  • Application can be made for one election only or for the primary election and general election, which follows on one form. Applications may not be accepted sooner than 75 days preceding the primary election.

If you have any further questions, please contact Daniele Dykens at 616-738-4230 or by email at ddykens@parktownship.org