The City Clerk performs a variety of services for the residents of the City of Linden, including administering local, state, and federal elections in accordance with State and Federal law. Additionally, the Clerk's office is responsible for developming and maintaining a records managment program, acting as FOIA coordinator, and preparing agendas and meeting packets and keeping the official minutes of all meetings of the City of Linden’s, Councils, Commissions, and Committees.
All precincts in the City vote at Faith Baptist Church, located at 4518 East Silver Lake Rd, Linden, MI 48451 (across from the airport). If you are new to the community and wish to register to vote, you may do so at the Clerk's Office in City Hall or at any Michigan Secretary of State's Office. Visit Michigan.gov/vote to check your registration and to preview your ballot for upcoming elections. Polls are open on election day from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Election Dates 2020:
The May 5, 2020 special election has been cancelled.
Under an emergency executive order from the Governor, the May 5 election is being held under different rules than other elections. The election is being conducted primarily by mail to limit in-person interaction and help prevent spread of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus. Because of that, school districts and other bodies that had placed questions on the May 5 ballot were given the opportunity to remove questions from the ballot and have them voted on in a future election.
The Linden Community Schools district decided to remove the question from the May 5 ballot. The school district may decide to place it on the ballot on August 4 or another future election. If the question that was removed is placed on the August 4 ballot and you applied for an absent voter ballot, you will be sent a ballot for the August 4 election.
Election Day: August 4, 2020
Additional Election Hours to issue/recieve AV ballots:
If you wish to request an absentee ballot, please fill out the Absentee Ballot Application (avaliable below under Links) and return it to the City Clerk. If you would like to be placed on the permanent mailing list for absentee ballots, please contact the Clerk's office at (810) 735-7980 or by visitng City Hall. Absentee Ballot Applications are mailed out to those on the permenant list six weeks before each election.
Districts and Representatives:
US Senators: Senator Gary Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow
US Congressional: District 05 - Congressman Dan Kildee
State Sentate: District 32 - Senator Ken Horn
State Representative: District 051 - Rep. Mike Mueller
County Comm.: District 06 - Commissioner Shaun Shumaker
School District: Linden Community Schools
The filing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests occur through the City Clerk's Office. All FOIA requests must be submitted in writing or by e-mail. Please see our FOIA Policy and Request Form below under Links.
As a result of the Governor’s April 6, 2020 Executive Order No. 2020-38, the City of Linden will continue to fulfill any Freedom of Information Act requests to the extent possible due to the circumstances arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, pursuant to the Order, “strict compliance” with FOIA’s response requirement will be temporarily suspended. The City of Linden now has ten (10) business days to respond to a FOIA request or appeal received via first-class mail, hand- delivery or fax. Furthermore, the calculation of the new time period begins when a City of Linden’s employee physically opens, or removes from the fax machine, the correspondence containing the FOIA request or appeal, not when it is postmarked or dated. The City of Linden will provide written notice to the requestor should compliance with any of the current COVID-19 emergency orders preclude the City of Linden from providing a response within the new time period.
The City of Linden will continue to respond to all FOIA requests or appeals received via email or website submission, within the FOIA’s current guidelines set forth in MCL 15.235.
However, if the FOIA request requires “in-person efforts” to prepare the response, e.g. search, examination and copying of documents, then the City of Linden will inform the requestor of its election to defer preparing that portion of the request until the expiration of the Order, or any extension of the Order. A requestor may inform the City of Linden in writing if they want to revise their FOIA request to exclude the portions that require “in-person efforts” and receive the records that would not require such preparation.
The City of Linden will adhere to the Order through its effective date of June 4, 2020 or any extension of the Order’s duration.
Information regarding candidate filings is readily available on the State of Michigan website. As a courtesy, nominating petitions are available to be picked up in our office. The required number of nominating signatures is provided by the City of Linden Charter. The Charter sets the method of nomination for all elective offices, and in section 3.10 (B) provides the number of signatures required. “Nominating petitions submitted by candidates for office to be filled by the voters of the city at large shall be signed by twenty (20), but not more than forty (40) electors of the city registered on the date of the most recent general election.” Please note that other sections of the Charter may be superseded by State Law, including those related to filing deadlines. Questions regarding filing deadlines and if State Law supersedes the Charter, or if deadlines have been changed, should be confirmed with the State Bureau of Elections.
Likewise, while we are willing to assist you, it is ultimately the candidate’s responsibility to obtain and accurately fill out the forms, to determine the filing deadline, to have their affidavit notarized, and to ensure that the correct number of valid signatures is provided, etc. . . . We cannot be seen as providing an advantage to sitting Council members and cannot accept responsibility for forms being filled out incorrectly. The Clerk’s office simply accepts the forms and petitions and then determines their validity after filing. These forms are forwarded on to the County and the State, as they set the rules regarding candidate filings and conduct the process of ballot production. Moreover, our office cannot accept filing fees for or answer questions regarding campaign finance. Fees and questions regarding these topics must be directed to the Genesee County Clerk’s Office.
Genesee County Clerk’s Office:
Michigan Bureau of Elections:
132 E. Broad St.
P.O. Box 507
Linden, MI 48451
Email City Clerk
Tel: (810) 735-7980