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Michigan Voting
Information

How to Register to Vote in Michigan

To be eligible to register to vote in Michigan, you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)

  • A United States citizen

  • 17.5 years of age and will be 18 by time of election

  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

      Note: formerly incarcerated people CAN vote in Michigan. To double check, you can go here.

  • There is no deadline to register to vote in MI

    • Individuals who register to vote within 14 days before an election, must appear in person at their city clerk’s office and provide proof of residency

 

What you will need to register: 

To register to vote in Michigan, you must provide documentation that proves where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of any of the following documents: 

  • MI Driver license or State ID 

  • Utility Bills 

  • Bank Statement 

  • Paychecks 

  • Other official government documents

People experiencing houselessness or housing insecurity can still register to vote. There are a few recommended options for eligible voters without a permanent home address. You can: 

  • List a shelter address as their voting address on voter registration form.

  • Use a street corner or a park address on voter registration form.

  • List an address where you receive mail.

Michigan voter registration options:

You can register to vote in Michigan online, by mail or in-person at your local clerk's office. 

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Online 

Register online at the Michigan Secretary of State website.

You will need a valid MI driver’s license or State ID to register online.

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By Mail 

Fill out a voter registration application and mail it to your local clerk. 

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In Person 

Visit your local clerk’s office, fill out an application, and turn it in to the clerk.

This option is available up to and on Election Day.

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How to Vote Early in Michigan

Early Voting in Michigan

All registered voters in Michigan can now vote before Election Day using an “absentee ballot." You don’t need an excuse or a reason. At least 75 days prior to each election, you can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail, or in person.

 

Applying to Vote Absentee

You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person. 

 

Online requests can be made up until 5 PM the Friday before Election Day and will require a valid Michigan driver license or state ID. 

You can also download and print a paper absentee voter application online and then return it to your local clerk by mail or in person. If you do not have internet access, you can also call your local clerk and request that the paper application be mailed to you. 

 

Visiting your local clerk’s office in-person is the best option if you are trying to request an absentee ballot very close to Election Day. 

How do I request an absentee ballot if I have a disability?

Voters with print disabilities may apply for an accessible electronic absent voter ballot that can be completed electronically, printed, and returned to the local clerk. To apply online for an accessible electronic absent voter ballot, complete this form.

Submitting your Absentee Ballot 

Once you have registered, the clerk will mail you your absentee ballot. Or, if you have turned in your application in-person at the clerk’s office, they may give you your ballot right there. You MUST submit your absentee ballot to your city clerk by 8 PM on Election Day for it to be counted. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope.

There are a few options to submit your completed absentee ballot: 

  • By mail: We recommend putting your ballot in the mail no later than two weeks prior to Election Day

  • In person: Drop it off at your city or township clerk's office or in a secure drop box provided by your clerk. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absent voter ballot to your clerk's office.

  • Pick up: Your city or township clerk can pick up your completed ballot. To use this option, your completed ballot must be within the city or township where you vote, and you must call your city or township clerk by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day to request that your ballot be picked up.

 

All registered voters can track their completed ballot by looking up their information here.

 

Can I change my vote after submitting my absentee ballot?

A voter can spoil their completed and submitted ballot by mailing a written request to their city or township clerk or visiting their clerk’s office in person. 

  • By mail: Request must be received by 5 PM the Friday before the election

  • In person: Request must be received by 10 AM the Monday prior to the election

 

An absentee ballot that has not been returned to the clerk may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 PM the Monday prior to the election. If a voter has not returned their ballot, they can surrender the ballot or sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed and vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

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Additional Voter Information

Voting for College Students who live on campus

  • College students can register to vote either at their home address OR school address, but not both. You can only register and vote in one location.

 

  • If students do decide to register at an address that is different from what is listed on their driver’s license, be aware that any change to a voter registration address will automatically update the state’s records for your driver’s license address as well. A sticker will be sent in the mail to update the address on your license

Military and Overseas Voter Information 

  • Federal Government passed the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) allowing US citizens who are on active duty or out of the country the ability to vote through absentee ballot 

  • Fill out the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Form via FVAP.gov or download it 

    • Recommended to submit it 90 days before the election

Key Dates & Deadlines

  1. Feb 25, 2022 @ 5 PM: Deadline to register for Accessible Ballot for Voters with Disabilities 

  2. March 1, 2022 @ 8 PM: Return Accessible Ballot 

  3. July 30, 2022: Request Overseas ballot for State Primary 

  4. July 19-August 2022 @ 8 PM: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency 

  5. August 2, 2022: Michigan State Primary 

  6. October 25-November 8, 2022 @ 8 PM: In-person registration with local clerk with proof of residency

  7. November 5, 2022: Request Overseas Ballot for State General Election 

  8. November 8, 2022: State General Election

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Michigan Redistricting

Maps have been released by the Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Committee. Click the button below to see the new congressional, state senate, and state house maps. You can type your address in the upper left-hand corner of each map to see what district lines you are in now.