clerk.jpgThe Village of Wolverine Lake Clerk's Office is always ready to serve Village residents in any way we can. Our Administrative Assistants, Paige Knutson and Tabitha Linsenmeyer, as well as all other staff members, respond to many types of questions each day. Questions typically include how to obtain building, electrical, plumbing, and heating permits; paying tax bills; acquiring dog tags; leaf, compost and waste pickup; voter registration; etc.

The Clerk's Office is the official keeper of Village records and Zoning and General Ordinances. Some of the most common residential ordinance concerns relate to accessory structures, fencing, outdoor storage, property line setback, swimming pools, etc.

As a matter of information, the Village does not require a permit for garage sales, but our sign ordinance restricts signage to residential property only.

Qualifications for Registration as Elector:

To register to vote, you must be all of the following:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of Michigan
  • A resident of the city, village, or township where you are applying to register to vote.

If you want to check to see if you are registered, visit There you will find information about registering to vote and voting, voting equipment, polling place locations, state and local ballots, the candidates, campaign finance and more. Your local clerk can help with questions about your voter registration, polling place location and working at the polls.

To Vote by Absentee Ballot:

Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot:

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3 in November, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.

Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center

Requesting an Absent Voter Ballot

Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your city or township clerk, see You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing the application, large print application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot. Requests for absent voter ballots are processed immediately. Absent voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.

After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on election day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.

If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on election day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on election day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Please contact your local clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.

(You must be registered to vote at least 15 days before the election, so keep that in mind if you are registering with the intention of voting in an upcoming election.)

First Time Voters

If you are a first-time voter who intends to use an absentee ballot, you must register to vote in person.  If you do not register in person but instead by mail or at a registration drive, then you must vote in person the first time you vote.  If you vote in person for any election, you may vote by mail in all following elections.

 Contact Info

Michael Smith, Village Clerk
Phone: 248-624-1710
Fax: 248-624-3536

425 Glengary, Wolverine Lake, Michigan 48390
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ​