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Township Clerk

Tom Wharam
10990 Clinton Rd
Manchester, MI 48158
(517) 315-7545
bridgewatertwpclerk@yahoo.com

Township Hall Office Hours:  Tuesday-Friday 3:30 p.m - 4:30 p.m.

Polling for elections takes place at the Township Hall, 10990 Clinton Road, Manchester, MI.  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voter Registration Information

You can register to vote by mail, in person at the Township Office, in person at the County Clerk's office, or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.  You must be registered to vote 30 days prior to an election in order to participate in that election.

Download a Voter Registration Appliction.

Absentee Voting Information
Requests for absent voter ballots must be made in writing and must be signed. You can download an Absent Voter Application, call or email the Clerk's office to request an application, or you may pick up an application at the township hall during regular office hours. Absent voter ballot applications may be returned by email, postal mail, placed in the town hall's secured drop box, or delivered directly to the Township Clerk during the Clerk's regular office hours.

Download a Absent Voter Ballot Application 

You can request an absent voter ballot if you are expecting to be absent from the community the entire time the polls are open on election day; are 60 years of age or older; are physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another; because of the tenants of your religion; have been appointed an election precinct inspector in a precinct other than the precinct where you reside; or are confined in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.

The Township Clerk also maintains a “Permanent Absent Voter List”, which means that prior to every election the voter will be mailed an Absent Voter (AV) Ballot Application.  For every election Permanent Absent Voters must still complete, sign and return the AV application. If you are interested in being placed on the Clerk's Permanent AV List, please email or call the Township Clerk.

If you are an active member of the military, a spouse or dependent of an active member of the military, or an overseas U.S. citizen, and would like further information on obtaining an absentee ballot, please click on the link to Military and Overseas Civilian Voters for further information on how to apply.

Notice to All Voters: Photo I.D. Required
All voters appearing at the polls must show a government-issued or school-issued photo I.D. prior to voting. In the event that you do not have any valid identification, you will be required to sign an affidavit attesting to that before being allowed to vote.

Michigan's Voter Information Center
You can check your voter registration status, view a sample ballot, track the status of your AV ballot, etc. at www.michigan.gov/vote.

For non-partisan voting information, visit www.publius.org.  Click here for FAQ's on Voting and Voter Registration

Statutory Duties and Responsibilities of the Township Clerk

  • Maintains custody of all township records

  • Maintains general ledger
  • Prepares warrants for township checks
  • Records and maintains township meeting minutes
  • Keeps the township book of oaths
  • Responsible for regular and special meeting notices
  • Publishes board meeting minutes (if taxable value is $65 million in 2005, annually indexed, or a charter township)
  • Keeps voter registration file and conducts elections
  • Chair of township elections commission
  • Keeps township ordinance book
  • Prepares financial statements
  • Delivers tax certificates to supervisor and county clerk
    by September 30
  • Must appoint a deputy
  • Must post a surety bond

Non-Statutory Duties & Responsibilities of the Township Clerk

  • Fire Billing Agent

Mission Statement

The Bridgewater Township Board of Trustees adopted a mission statement at its December 20, 2006 meeting: "To provide our constituents a people-focused approach to public service built upon the simplicity and efficiency of rural government where all public bodies work closely together to be more responsive to the public's needs."

January 28, 2007 1:18 pm

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