Presidential Primary Election:

Every four years, a Presidential Primary is conducted in the State of Michigan.

The Presidential Primary is a closed primary and the only closed primary election in Michigan. Michigan Election Law (MCL 168.615(c)) requires that voters indicate in writing which political party ballot they wish to vote. The ballot will only have the one party that the voter has selected.

Each party ballot has a vote position for “uncommitted” which indicates the voter exercising a vote for that political party, but is not committed to any of the candidates listed on the ballot.

There is no political party registration requirement in Michigan Election Law. However, by law, a public list must be available that includes the Presidential Primary ballot type chosen by each voter. This list is subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The public list must be destroyed immediately after the 22-month retention period.

State Primary Election:

In August of every even year, a statewide State Primary Election is conducted to nominate federal, state, county, and local candidates for the General Election ballot.

In the Primary, voters choose and vote for candidates in only one political party. Both political parties are on the ballot and the voters select their party privately in the voting booth. Other non-partisan offices and proposals may be on the August Primary Election ballot.

General Election:

In November of every even year, a statewide General Election is conducted to elect candidates for federal, state, county, and local offices.

In the General, voters may choose any candidate of their choice in any office of their choice. Other non-partisan offices and proposals may be on the November General Election ballot. Voters can vote a “straight-party” by selecting one party’s complete slate of candidates and by making a single selection mark.

City Election:

The Cities of Brighton and Howell conduct their General Elections in the odd year. An August Primary Election may be conducted if more than twice the number of candidates file to run in that office.

Special Election:

Special Elections may be called in certain circumstances to fill vacancies in offices and for local proposals. Special Elections may be conducted on one of the three election dates allowed under law.

Elected Offices:

In Livingston County Michigan, voters elect:

  • President & Vice President
  • Governor & Lieutenant Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • Attorney General
  • United States Senator
  • Representative in Congress, 7th District
  • State Senator
  • Representative in State Legislature, 48th, 49th, 50th, and 72nd Districts
  • Member of the State Board of Education
  • Regents of the University of Michigan
  • Trustee of Michigan State University
  • Governor of Wayne State University
  • County Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, and Drain Commissioner
  • County Commissioners, 1st – 9th Districts
  • Township Officers; Supervisor, Clerk, Treasurer, Trustees
  • Delegates to the County Conventions
  • Justice of the State Supreme Court
  • Judge of the Court of Appeals, 4th District
  • Judge of the  Circuit Court, 44th District
  • Judge of the District Court, 53rd District
  • Judge of the Probate Court
  • Board of Trustee Member, Lansing, Mott, and Oakland Community Colleges
  • Village Officers; President, Trustee
  • Local School District Board Member
  • District Library Board Member
Elections Division
Elizabeth Hundley, Livingston County Clerk

Elizabeth Hundley
County Clerk

Kristi Cox
Chief Deputy County Clerk

Joseph Bridgman
Elections Coordinator/Deputy Clerk



(517) 546-8177


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

Historical Courthouse

200 E Grand River Ave
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 546-4354