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Clerk’s Office

General Duties

The City Clerk is the clerk of the City Council, attends all meetings of the Council and maintains the official minutes of the Council.  The Clerk is the custodian of the official City seal and is also responsible for maintaining all of the papers, documents and records pertaining to the City unless the custody of records is otherwise prescribed for by law.   The Clerk’s Office  is responsible for the proper notification for meetings and public hearings through publication in the Iosco County News-Herald, posting in City Hall, and on this Web site.

Presidential Primary Election - Tuesday, March 10, 2020, is the Presidential Primary.  If you are interested in receiving an Absentee Ballot and want to be on our Permanent AV list, please see the instruction below.  

Election Administration

The City Clerk is the election administrator for all elections held in the City.  The entire City is one voting precinct and city, school, county, state and federal elections are held at 760 Newman Street in either the City Council Chambers or the Community Center gymnasium depending on the expected turnout for the election.  The following qualifications need to be met in order to register to vote in the City of East Tawas:  A United States citizen and at least 18 years of age by Election Day.

Click here to visit the Secretary of State’s Publius Voter Information Center to register to vote, check your voter registration status, see upcoming election ballots, and apply to work at the polls. Individuals may also register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office, the County Clerk’s Office, any Armed Forces recruitment office, social services agencies or at any Secretary of State office.

By law, absentee ballots are to be available 45 days prior to an election.  Click here for an absentee ballot application.  With the exception of a Primary Election followed by a General Election, a separate written request must be submitted prior to each election to receive an absentee ballot.  The City of East Tawas will begin maintaining a permanent Absentee Voter List.  


The City of East Tawas Clerk’s Office maintains a Permanent Absent Voter List. The Permanent Absent Voter List is a list of voters who qualify under state law to vote by absentee ballot. All voters on the Permanent Absent Voter List are automatically sent an absentee ballot application for each election scheduled in the City of East Tawas. From this permanent absent voter list, absentee voter applications are mailed out for every election as required by Michigan Election Law. If you would like to be placed on our Permanent Absent Voter List, please fill out a Permanent Absent Voter List Request form and hand deliver to the City Clerk, East Tawas City Hall, 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI or mail to: City Clerk, City of East Tawas, PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI 48730.

Q. What do I have to do to receive an application?

A. Prior to any election, the Clerk’s Office will mail you an application. By state law the applications are available 75 days prior to an election. The application must be filled out and returned to us before a ballot can be issued. The application cannot be processed without the “VOTERS” signature which is verified by digital signature on file and voter registration record. Under Michigan Election Law, a voter must be able to sign the application and ballot. Power of Attorney cannot be utilized. Voters who are unable to sign the application and/or ballot should contact the Clerk’s Office.

Q. How to fill out absentee application?

A. You will be sent an application with either one or two upcoming elections printed at the top of the application. Please verify your address information and make changes if needed. If you need your ballot sent to an address other than your current East Tawas residence, make sure to provide that address on the application where requested. After signing and dating the application, return the completed application to the Clerk’s Office, City of East Tawas.

Q. Can an application or ballot be picked up for someone other than myself?

AAn application can be picked up for anyone within the household. If a household member is out of town or away at school, we can send an application directly to them if an address is provided, or a letter can be submitted as an application with all the required information and a signature. An unvoted ballot cannot be given to anyone except the voter that has applied for an absentee ballot. If a household member dropped off an application, the ballot will be mailed to the voter within 24 hours.

Q. What happens next?

A. Your ballot will be mailed to you once your absent voter application has been received including the voter’s signature and the absentee ballots are received in our office (approximately 45 days prior to election).

Q. What is your next step?

A. In the privacy of your home, vote your ballot at your leisure. When completed, you may mail or hand-deliver the ballot to the Clerk’s Office when completed.

Q. What if I want to vote at the precinct?

A. Simply do not fill out the absentee application and go to your voting location on Election Day to vote.

Q. Which elections will I receive absentee ballot applications for?

A. An application will be mailed to all voters on the Permanent AV List for any election scheduled in The City of East Tawas.

Please click here for the Permanent Absent Voter List Request form. Please complete and mail completed form to: City Clerk, City of East Tawas, PO Box 672, East Tawas, MI 48730 or hand deliver to the City Clerk at 760 Newman Street, East Tawas, MI 48730.

Freedom of Information Act

Requests for public documents may be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The City Manager is the City’s FOIA Coordinator.  Click here for the City’s FOIA application.  Click here for the FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.  Click here for a summary of the FOIA Procedures and Guidelines.  FOIA requests must be made in writing and may be requested by sending the completed application to the City Clerk’s Office.



Julie Potts


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