Elections Division

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  • Filing Dates and Deadlines

    State, County & Local Offices
    Partisan Candidates
    City Candidates
    (Nonpartisan)
    Precinct Delegate Local School Board
    File by 4 p.m. on April 25th, 2017

  • Petition Signatures
    • Official petition forms are available at our West Olive location.
    • Candidates for county-wide offices, County Commission, and Local School Board file petitions with the Ottawa County Clerk. Candidates for state-level offices file with the State of Michigan, and candidates for local city and township offices file with their local clerk.
    • The number of petition signatures required is based on the population of the district of the office. Those figures can be found here.
    • Candidates for Local School Board in Ottawa County are required to file between 40 and 100 signatures.
    • Candidates for county-wide office, County Commission, or Local School Board may pay a $100 filing fee in lieu of submitting petition signatures.
    • Rules for Circulating City/Township Nominating Petition Forms.
  • Affidavit of Identity
    • The Affidavit of Identity can be found here.
    • The Affidavit of Identity is filed with a candidate's petition signatures or filing fee.
    • This form must be filed out completely and correctly in order for your name to appear on the ballot. The form can be notarized at any of our office locations.
    • Candidates for the office of Precinct Delegate must file this form with our office: Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity.
  • Statement of Organization
    • The Statement of Organization must be filed by any candidates within 10 days of forming a candidate committee. This form can be found here.
    • Candidates for state-level offices must file this form with the State Bureau of Elections. All other candidates file the Statement of Organization with our office. (Note: Precinct Delegates are not required to submit this form.)
    • Helpful tips for filling out the Statement of Organization:
      • Box 1: This will be provided by our office.
      • Box 8: The committee must have a treasurer, but this person may be the candidate.
      • Box 9: The committee is not required to have a designated record keeper.
      • Box 10: Check "Yes" if your committee is planning on spending or receiving less than $1,000.
      • Boxes 12 and 13: These items do not apply to candidates filing at the County Clerk's office.
      • Box 14: This form must be signed by both the candidate and treasurer.
    • Failure to file the Statement of Organization form will result in a fine of $25 per day, with a maximum fine of $500.
  • Campaign Finance Reporting
  • Precinct Delegates
    • The Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity can be found here.
    • The deadline to file for 2016 is May 3rd at 4 PM
    • This form must be filed out completely and correctly in order for your name to appear on the ballot. The form can be notarized at any of our office locations.
    • Precinct Delegate candidates can submit their Precinct Delegate Affidavits of Identity at any of our office locations:
    Grand Haven Holland West Olive
    414 Washington Avenue
    Room 320
    Grand Haven, MI 49417
    12251 James Street
    Holland, MI 49424
    12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 130
    West Olive, MI 49460

CONTACT US

Justin Roebuck

  • Justin F. Roebuck
    County Clerk/
    Register of Deeds
  • Sherri Sayles
    Chief Deputy Clerk

Elections

  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 130
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 994-4535
    FAX: (616) 994-4538
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm
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