Voting & Elections FAQ
When may I register to vote?
At any time up to and including election day. However, you must be a resident of Paw Paw Township for at least 30 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. Voter registration must be in-person at the Clerk’s office during the 14 days prior to an election and you must provide proof of residency. To learn more about voter registration visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website.
Where can I register to vote?
You can register at any of the Secretary of State Offices, the Township Clerk’s Office, the County Clerk’s Office, and other state offices.
You may also register to vote by mail up to 15 days before an election. Within the 14 days before an election, you must register at the Township Clerk’s office with proof of residency.
Can I vote by absentee ballot?
Yes, anyone can vote by absentee ballot. If you’d like to be on the permanent list, please visit the Michigan Voter Information Center or contact the Clerk’s Office to receive an absentee voter ballot application for every election.
I have power of attorney for my spouse, can I pick up an absentee ballot for him/her?
No. Election law specifically states that power of attorney does not apply for voting purposes.
How can I vote by absentee ballot in every election?
Any registered voter may ask to be on the permanent absentee voter list. Being on the permanent absentee voter list means that you will receive an absentee ballot application form for each election. This form needs to be competed and returned to the Clerk’s Office so we can mail you a ballot. Being on the permanent absentee list guarantees you will receive an absentee ballot application form, not a physical ballot.
I’m on the permanent absentee voter list, why didn’t I receive a ballot?
Being on the permanent list does not guarantee a ballot for every election. Rather, it means that you will automatically receive an application for an absentee ballot. The application must be completed and returned to the Clerk’s Office prior to receiving a ballot.
How many burials is each burial plot designed for?
Each burial plot is designated for one traditional burial, one traditional burial and one cremation burial, or two cremation burials.
Can I sell my burial plot to someone else?
Yes, you may advertise and sell your burial plot for the original purchase price. It is advisable to come to the Clerk’s Office with a reciept of purchase so we may update our records. You may even, if you choose, perform the transaction at our office to ensure accurate records. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment.
What does the cost of a burial plot cover?
The purchase of a burial plot grants a right of burial only and does not convey any other title to the plot sold. Additional fees for grave openings will apply.
Where can I place a marker?
Markers must be of stone or other equally durable composition and must be placed at the head of the burial plot.
Am I allowed to plant trees, shrubs, etc. at a grave site?
The Township will be responsible for the placement of all trees and shrubs and no individual planting of trees, shrubs, rosebushes, etc. shall be permitted. Please note that shepherds hooks or structures of any type are not permitted. You may place planted perennial flowers in urns or vases on either side of the memorial. No glass containers are permitted.
Do you have any cemetery plots available?
Yes, we have plots available in both Wildey and Cuddeback Cemetery. Please visit the Township Hall to learn more about which plots are available.
How do I purchase a cemetery plot?
We recommend you make an appointment with the Clerk’s Office. They will provide you with a detailed map of available plots. You can then go to the cemetery to look at available plots with our Sexton. Once you’ve made a selection, the Clerk’s Office will help finalize the process, complete the paperwork and process your payment.
What does the cost cover?
The cost covers the right to the burial plot and the perpetual care and maintenance of our cemeteries. Please note that additional fees apply for grave openings.