Election Information

Federal, State, Local and School elections in the City of Coldwater are administered by the City Clerk Office. All elections for Wards 1-4 of the City of Coldwater are held at the Dearth Community Center, 235 East Garfield Avenue. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Dearth Community Center
A Primary/General City Election is held every odd year at which time four members of Council are elected for a four-year term and Mayor for a two-year term. Eligibility for elective office is as follows:
  1. 21 years of age
  2. Can not be in default to the City
  3. A registered elector of the City
  4. A resident of the City for at least 2 years continuously immediately preceding the election
These positions are non-partisan and nominated by petition. Persons interested in running for Council or Mayor must submit nominating petitions as required by law. Petitions shall be signed by not less than twenty-five, nor more than 100, of the registered electors of the City. Nominating petitions and related forms shall be filed with the City Clerk not later than 4 p.m. on the 12th Tuesday preceding the Primary Election date. Packets for filing are available at the City Clerk's office.

Voter Information


For more information to see if you are registered to vote, view a sample ballot, check the status of your absentee ballot request, find your polling location, or are in need of assistance, go to the Michigan Voter Information Center.

New Voter Identification Requirement


Due to a recent court ruling, every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Register to Vote


To qualify to be registered as an elector in the State of Michigan you must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age by election day and a resident of the community for 30 days prior to an election. You may register to vote in person at any Secretary of State Offices in United States, or by utilizing the Voter Registration Form (PDF) and submitting it to the City Clerk:
1 Grand Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
City Personnel Prepare for the Election

Election Inspectors


The City Clerk is also responsible for recruiting, hiring and training inspectors to work at the polls on Election Day. Inspectors can work all day, until the close of the polls, or just a partial day. The rate of compensation is:
  • Chairmen: $11
  • Inspectors: $10
To be able to work on a City election you are required to be certified through our election training program. Those training sessions will be conducted by the City at various scheduled dates. To qualify to be an Election Inspector, you must be a registered voter of Branch County and at least 16 years old. If you are interested in becoming an election inspector, complete the Election Inspector Application (PDF) and return to the City Clerk:
1 Grand Street
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: 517-279-9501