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Michigan Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: August 5, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2013

For more information, visit the Michigan Secretary of State website.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

How to Find Your Polling Place

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

2014 Primary Election: July 7, 2014

2014 General Election: October 6, 2014

Voters must register at least 30 days before an election.

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or check the Michigan Voter Information Center's voter registration lookup page here.

How to Register

Online

Michigan does not have online voter registration.

In-Person or by Mail

You can download a voter registration form from the Alabama Secretary of State’s website. Voter registration forms are available   at the following locations:

  1. Your local Secretary of State branch office; you can locate your Secretary of State branch office here.
  2. Your local county, city, or township clerk’s office; you can locate your local clerk’s office here.
  3. State agencies offices including the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Labor and Economic Growth.
  4. Voter Registration Drives.

You can also download a registration form from the Michigan Secretary of State’s website.

After you have filled out the registration form, you must submit it to your local clerk’s office. You can either deliver the completed form in person or mail it to the clerk’s office. You can find the address for your clerk’s office here.

NOTE: If you mail in your application, and you have never voted in Michigan before, you are required to provide additional identification information. You must:

Enter your personal identification or driver’s license number in the appropriate box on your form

      OR

Mail a copy of one of the following forms of identification along with your application:

  • photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address OR
  • photocopy of your driver's license or personal ID card.

NOTE: If you mail in your application, you will be required to vote in person in the first election in which you choose to participate. You are exempted from this in person voting requirement if you (1) are disabled, (2) at least 60 years old, or (3) are entitled to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Registration Eligibility

To be eligible to register in Michigan, you MUST be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election
  • A resident of the city or township where you are registering to vote

Identification Required for Registration

If you have never voted in Michigan before and you submit your registration form by mail, you must:                                                

  • Enter your personal identification or driver’s license number in the appropriate box on your form OR
  • Mail a copy of one of the following forms of identification along with your application:
    • photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address OR
    • photocopy of your driver's license or personal ID card.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Michigan does not have early voting.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

If you are a registered voter and you meet at least one of the following conditions, you are eligible to cast an absentee ballot:

  • At least 60 years old;
  • 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.

NOTE: If you registered to vote by mail, you will be required to vote in person in the first election in which you choose to participate. You are exempted from this in person voting requirement if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • Entitled to vote absentee under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act;
  • Unable to vote without assistance on election day;
  • Are at least 60 years old.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

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. Find your county clerk here.

If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received your ballot, contact your county clerk. Find your clerk here.

Your ballot must be returned to your clerk’s office by 8:00p.m.on the day of the election. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot. You may return the ballot personally or by mail.  You may also have a member of your immediate family (including father-in-law, mother-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandparent, or grandchild)or a member of your household return your ballot for you. If you are unable to return it or have any of the previously mentioned individuals return it for you, you may select any registered elector to return your application; he or she will required to sign the certificate at the bottom of the application.

For your vote to count, your signature must appear on the return envelope. If you cannot sign your absentee ballot envelope because of a physical disability or illiteracy, have the person who assisted you complete the section on the return envelope entitled “TO BE COMPLETED ONLY IF VOTER IS ASSISTED IN VOTING BY ANOTHER PERSON.”

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 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.       

Voting in Person after Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you requested an absentee ballot, you will be allowed to vote in person by regular ballot so long as you have NOT already submitted the absentee ballot and you are otherwise qualified to do so.  If you have already received an absentee ballot, you will be asked to return it to the board of election inspectors at your precinct. 

If you did not receive the ballot or the ballot has been lost or destroyed, you will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting to that effect in front of an election inspector.  Note, however, that such voters are subject to challenge.  

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote 

If it is your first time registering to vote in Michigan and you mail your completed form to your clerk, you are required to meet the following identification requirements:

  • Enter your driver's license number or personal identification card number where requested on the form. OR
  • Send a copy of one of the following forms of identification with your application:
    • photocopy of your driver's license or personal ID card, or
    • photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Michigan law requires every registered voter voting in person to show photo ID or to sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of a photo ID (which you may sign even if you have a photo ID, but did not bring it with you to the polls). (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

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

Moving Within the Same District

If you have moved within the same precinct, 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.

Moving to a Different Precinct

If you have moved to a different precinct in the same city or township, you must update your address.  However, you may vote in your old precinct (precinct in which you are still registered) one last time. At the precinct, an election official will direct you to complete a Change of Address Notice.

Moving Within the Same County

If you have moved to a different city or township within the same county, you must re-register to vote. However, you will be permitted to register to vote after the registration deadline is closed (i.e., within 60 days of the election) if the following conditions are met:

  • You apply for registration in person and complete a registration affidavit in the presence of your clerk;
  • You  provide proof of identification sufficient to satisfy the township or city clerk as to your identity and residence; and
  • The township or city clerk determines to his or her satisfaction that you are presently registered in another township or city of the same county.
Moving to a Different County

If you have moved to a different city or township in a different county, you must re-register to vote.  However, you may vote in your old precinct one last time provided that your move was made within 60 days of the election and you complete an affidavit attesting that you have moved. At the precinct, an election official will direct you to complete a Cancellation Authorization and an Application to Vote. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and cannot be reinstated.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Special services are provided to assist military and overseas civilian voters participate in elections. If you are a military or overseas civilian voter who is eligible to vote in Michigan, you can find out more at the Michigan Secretary of State's site here.

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 page to download the form.

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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 Michigan Voter Information Center 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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