Any United States citizen who is at least 18 years of age by the date of the next election and who is a resident of the State of Michigan and the City of St. Joseph may register to vote in the City of St. Joseph by completing a Voter Registration Application.

You can register to vote at any Secretary of State Branch office, the County Clerk's Office, or the St. Joseph City Clerk's Office. If you are unable to go to any of these offices to register, please contact your local Clerk at (269) 983-6325.


Michigan Election Law provides that elections must be held on only four (4) predetermined dates throughout the year:

  • The 2nd Tuesday in March
  • The first Tuesday after the first Monday in May
  • The first Tuesday after the first Monday in August
  • The first Tuesday after the first Monday in November

Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day.

Polling Locations

Precinct 1: City Hall, 700 Broad Street 
Precinct 2: Howard Ice Arena Building - 2414 Willa Drive
Precinct 3: Zion Evangelical UCC Church - 3001 Veronica Court

Please refer to your Voter Registration Card or the Michigan Voter Information Center to determine your registration status or voting precinct. If you are a St. Joseph registered voting living abroad or military personnel stationed elsewhere, please visit the Michigan Military and Overseas Civilian Voter website.

Absent Voter Ballot Application

Election Inspectors

The City Clerk's office is always looking for citizens available to serve as election inspectors. Election Inspectors are citizens who are paid to assist voters at the polls on Election Day. The City of St. Joseph has three (3) voting precincts, all of which must be maintained by inspectors for each election. In addition, the City maintains an Absent Voter Counting Boards to process all Absent Voter Ballots. If you are a registered voter and are interested in serving as an Election Inspector, please complete and return an Election Inspector Application.

City Commissioners are elected in November of odd-numbered years. A Primary Election will be held in August whenever more than two candidates qualify as nominees for each office to be filled.

Political Signs

Temporary political signs are treated in the same way as other temporary signs in the City of St. Joseph, as required by the United States Supreme Court, which requires that regulations be "content-neutral"; the ordinance cannot distinguish between what the sign says.  

The most common questions we receive are regarding the size and number of political signs that can be placed at a home in a residential district.  In such a case, temporary signs (including political signs) cannot exceed 4 feet in height or 6 square feet in area, and the total area of temporary signs displayed on the property cannot exceed 24 square feet.  (So, for example, there could be up to 4 signs, each 6 square feet in area, but there could be more than 4 signs if they are small enough.) 

For more information, the Planning and Zoning Department page includes a link to the Sign Ordinance , as well as an informational handout on Temporary Signs.

There is no restriction on when political signs may be placed or must be removed, they are simply temporary signs and are included as part of the property's allowed signage.   

Temporary signage on commercial properties or signage that does not qualify as temporary signage has different regulations, as described in the ordinance.  Signage that does not qualify as temporary signage requires a sign permit.  If you are contemplating placing a sign that is not a temporary sign under the ordinance, please contact the Planning and Zoning Department to confirm the requirements for the signage and to obtain a permit before placing the sign.

Please do not place political signs (or any other signs) in tree lawns or on other public property.  Unauthorized signage on public property is removed by City staff and placed outside on the parking lot side of City Hall, where it is kept for one week in order that the sign may be retrieved by the owner.   

Other information and forms

Other resources and links


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