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Michigan Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2013 General Municipal Primary Elections for Select Cities: August 6, 2013

2013 General Municipal Elections for Select Cities: November 5, 2013

See Michigan’s Secretary of State website for more information.


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When You Can Vote

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST) on Election Day

Early in-person absentee voting is available for Lansing and Detroit voters who qualify to vote by absentee ballot.  

For more information on early voting & by absentee ballot check the Voting Early & Absentee Voting section below.

 


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Where You Can Vote

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Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center

Check the section on Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot for Information on how to cast your ballot early in Lansing and Detroit!

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

2013 General Municipal Election: October 7, 2013

Identification Required for Registration

If you have never registered to vote in Michigan and choose to mail in your application, you will need to meet an identification requirement. This means you must:

  • Enter your driver's license number or personal identification card number where requested on the form, or
  • Send a copy (not original document) of one of the following forms of identification with your application:
    • A photocopy of your driver's license or personal ID card, or
    • A photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address.

 

If you have never voted in Michigan and choose to submit the form by mail or through a third party, such as at a voter registration drive, you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. This requirement does not apply if:

  • You personally hand-deliver the form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form, or 
  • You are 60 years of age or more, or
  • You are disabled, or
  • You are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

How to Check Registration

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Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center

 

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Early in-person absentee voting is available for Lansing and Detroit voters who qualify to vote by absentee ballot (see below section “If You Want to Vote Absentee” for qualifications).  

In Lansing, early in-person absentee voting will take place starting October 21 and ending November 4, Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at City Hall (124 West Michigan Ave 9th Floor) and at the South Washington Office Complex (2500 S. Washington Ave. Lansing, MI 48910). Additionally, on Saturday, November 2nd from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the South Washington Office Complex and ending November 2, Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the following locations:

For Detroit August 6th municipal primary election the following locations are open Monday through Saturday for absentee ballot voting for the municipal primaries:

Detroit Department of Elections, 2978 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202

  • The Detroit Department of Elections is also open until 4 on August 5.

Wayne County Community College: Northwest Campus, 8200 W Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48219

Wayne County Community College: Eastern Campus, 5901 Conner Street, Detroit, MI 48213

If You Want to Vote Absentee

A person may vote absentee for any one of the following reasons:

  • Because of physical disability such person is unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • age 60 years old or older
  • unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • expecting to be out of town on election day
  • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

 

Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk (for assistance in obtaining the address of your city or township clerk, see the Michigan Voter Information Center)

 

Your request must include one of the six statutory reasons and your signature. You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing to your local clerk’s office the application form printed from the Department of State website (found here), a letter, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office.

 

Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Voters may begin to apply for an absentee ballot 75 days before the election. Find your county clerk here.

 

If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after 2 p.m. the Saturday before Election Day  but before 4:00 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absent voter ballot. Emergency absentee ballots must be returned to the clerk's office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Your local clerk will have more information about emergency absent voter ballots.       

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Identification Requirements

Every Michigan voter who offers to vote in the polls must comply with the requirement by showing picture identification or signing an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification. (See MCL 168.523 for voter identification requirement.)   

 

Voters with picture ID:  Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card.   Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current: 

  • Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state. 
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID. 
  • U.S. passport. 
  • Military identification card with photo. 
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education. 
  • Tribal identification card with photo. 

Voters without picture ID:  Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID.  Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.  

Voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls still can vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day.

Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk’s office.  

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

If you have moved to a new city or township in Michigan, you must re-register. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and cannot be reinstated.

If you have moved within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. If you have moved within the same city and have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A change of address card will be completed at the polling place when you vote.

 



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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Michigan-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Michigan-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Michigan-specific FWAB page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

Any person convicted of a crime in a court of Michigan or another state or in a federal court, who has been lawfully released from prison, has the right to vote. Residents who are serving a sentence in jail or prison after conviction cannot vote during the period of confinement. A person who was a qualified and registered voter prior to conviction should not have to re-register upon release from prison.  To confirm your registration status, access the Secretary  of State’s website here.

For more information, visit the Michigan Secretary of State website, or click here to read the Michigan State Election Code.

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Election Protection Materials

FAQ

Manual

Voter Checklist

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the Michigan Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

 

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