The absentee voter form for the upcoming August 2 Michigan primary and November 8 general election is now available online here. The large print version of the application for the visually impaired is available here. Completing and filing this application allows you to review at your leisure the full ballot with any local candidates and issues to be voted upon in August and November.
Just download this application form, fill it out, and mail it to your clerk. Completed applications must be received by your clerk no later than 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 30 in order a primary absentee ballot to be mailed to you (or Saturday, November 5 for the general). However, this is cutting things awfully close. Absentee voters receive their ballot by return mail, but bear in mind that U.S. Postal Service First Class mail is running slow under the Obama administration. Late absentee ballots are not counted, and this has become a significant issue lately.
As an absentee voter, you will probably have to mail your ballot by Thursday, July 28 to be assured that your clerk receives your ballot by primary election day (Thursday, November 3, for the general election). You can always hand deliver an absentee ballot to your clerk before the polls close on election day.