Clerk

Ann Vollrath has served as Clerk and Assistant City Manager since 2012. She has been employed by the city since 1997. The Clerk attends all meetings of the council, keeps its journal, and is the custodian of the city seal and all documents and records of the city. The Clerk also administers elections. The clerk can be reached at 906-483-4644 or e-mail ann.vollrath@cityofhoughton.com.

Election Resources

Voter Registration

You can check your voter registration and/or register to vote in Michigan through the Secretary of State’s office.

The State of Michigan provides a voter information center where voters can check their registration, polling location, and view upcoming issues and candidates that may be on their ballot. Click here to locate this information.

Precincts

The City of Houghton operates two precincts on Election Day.

Precinct 1 is located at the Houghton Fire Hall at 1404 Gundlach Road on the corner of Gundlach Road and Sharon Avenue. Voters who live on the West side of Bridge Street are in Precinct 1.

Precinct 2 is located at Dee Stadium, 700 Lakeshore Drive (on the waterfront). Voters who live on the East side of Bridge Street vote in Precinct 2.

On Election Day, polls at both precincts are open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm.

Upcoming Election Notices:

New Rights for Michigan Voters – 2019
August 27, 2019
More information (PDF Format).

Michigan Primary
August 4, 2020

General Election
November 3, 2020

Permanent Absentee Voter List

Residents registered in the City of Houghton can add their names to the permanent absentee voter list. In the lead-up to each election, every person on this list will receive an application for an absent voter ballot.

To be added to the list, simply send an e-mail to clerk@cityofhoughton.com and include your name and address.

Absent Voter Application

You do not have to provide a reason to vote with an absent voter ballot. Registered voters can obtain an application by calling the clerk’s office at 906-482-1700.

The application must be sent to the City Clerk where you are registered for processing.

Election Inspector Application

Registered voters in Michigan interested in serving as Election Inspectors can fill out an application and submit it to the Clerk. Inspectors will be trained by the County Clerk prior to every even-year election cycle.

Inspector Application

If you have any questions about voter registration or elections, please contact:

Ann Vollrath, Clerk
clerk@cityofhoughton.com
906-483-4644

Business Licensing

Adult-Use Marihuana Retailer

The City of Houghton is accepting applications for Adult-Use Marihuana Retailer establishments.  The flowchart explains the process.  The necessary forms are below in pdf format.  The Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 98 – Section 98-427) provides the use standards required for marihuana establishments.  You can link to the City’s Ordinances farther down on this page.

marihuana retailer flowchart

marihuana retailer application and permit

special land use permit

Marihuana Location Map

Peddler’s License

The City of Houghton requires all “peddlers” to be licensed before selling either door-to-door or in a fixed location for a temporary period of time. In order to receive a “Peddler’s License” you must fill out the attached form and submit it to the City Clerk along with the application fee of $5 per day, or $50 per year. The Clerk and Police Chief must approve the license. If you have questions you can contact the City Clerk at 482-1700.

Peddler’s License (PDF Format)

Precious Metal & Gem Dealer

In accordance with Public Act 95 of 1981 all dealers buying and selling precious metals and gems must obtain a valid certificate of registration from the local government and police department prior to conducting business.

Interested dealers must submit the attached Application along with the $50 application fee to the City Clerk along with a completed Employee Registration for every employee that will be working in the City of Houghton. You must receive a Certificate of Registration prior to buying and selling any precious metals and gems. The Certificate of Registration is good for one year after issuance. If you have any questions, you can contact the City Clerk at 482-1700.

Precious Metal Application (PDF Format)

Precious Metal Employee Application (PDF Format)

Title VI Policy

The City of Houghton, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively insure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, or national origin in consideration for an award.

The following documents are available:


The City of Houghton Title VI Coordinator is:

Ann Vollrath
Assistant City Manager
616 Shelden Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 482-1700
ann@cityofhoughton.com

aerial view of the city of Houghton and lift bridge