The City Clerk's Department is responsible for maintaining current and accurate registration of voters; supervising and conducting all school, city, state, and national elections; issuing all licenses required by city ordinance, recording all actions, resolutions and ordinances of the city council; and to examine and verify all accounts and claims against the city.

Other services performed by this department include answering general telephone inquiries. The clerk's office also provides for a recording secretary for the City Council meetings, Board of Public Works, Shopping Area Redevelopment Board, Zeeland Hospital Authority and the Economic Development Authority meetings. This department provides clerical assistance to the Mayor and City Manager. Business licenses may also be obtained from the clerk.

The clerk's office is staffed by the City Clerk and Deputy Clerk.

The City Clerk's Department may be found on the second floor of City Hall.  They may be reached at 616-772-6400 extension 1200 or you may email us at


                                    Karen Jipping, City Clerk and Pamela Holmes, Deputy Clerk

                                                                     2018 Elections

                                                            May 8, 2018 (School Election)
                                                       August 7, 2018 (State Primary Election) 
                                                   November 6, 2018 (State General Election)

The May 8 ballot has an Operating Millage Renewal Proposal for voters in Zeeland Public School district.

If you are unsure if you are registered to vote, please check the Michigan Voter Information website.

To register to vote (if you will be at least 18 years old by election day and a resident of The City of Zeeland):

  • Bring a current and valid driver's license or Michigan ID card along with you to the Clerk's Office in Zeeland City Hall between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. You can also register at any Michigan Secretary of State location.
  • You may register to vote online, but if you do, you must vote in person the first time that you vote (you are not eligible for an absent voter ballot until you have voted once in person).
  • College students who are home on vacation are encouraged to come in and register. If they register to vote in person, they may request an absent voter ballot which will allow them to vote by mail.
  • You must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to an election to be eligible to vote in that election. In order to vote in the May 8, 2018 election, you must be registered by April 9.

Absentee Ballots

To request an absentee ballot, please call the Clerk's office at (616) 772-6400. An application will be mailed to you. You may also complete an Absent Voter Ballot Application online and mail it in or drop it off at Zeeland City Hall. The City is unable to mail you an absentee ballot unless you fill out the application. The Clerk's office must receive your application by 2:00 pm on May 5 in order to mail your ballot. Registered voters may also request an absentee ballot in person at the Clerk's office.

If you have any questions about voting or your voting status, please call (616) 772-6400.