How to Vote in Michigan

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How to Register to Vote in Michigan

You can register to vote in Michigan in person or by mail with your county clerk. If it’s your first time registering and you choose to do so in person, you must present federal identification or your Social Security number. You can register to vote in person up to election day and still participate in the election.

If your Michigan license or ID doesn’t display your correct address, you must also bring proof of address with you to prove you’re eligible to vote in the county. This may include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other official government document.

If you choose to register by mail, complete a voter registration application and include your Michigan driver’s license or identification card number. If you don’t have a Michigan license or ID, provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

When you register to vote by mail in Michigan, you must complete the process at least 15 days before the election to participate. However, you’re not required to provide proof of residency.

Am I Registered to Vote in Michigan?

To check the status of your voter registration or to ensure you’ve already registered to vote in the state, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center online. Search for your voter registration record using your name, date of birth, and zip code or your Michigan driver’s license number and birth date. When your record is displayed, you’ll see:

  • Your voter registration status;
  • The county your registered in;
  • The political party you’re affiliated with, if any;
  • Your polling place information, including the address.

Using this system, you can also view a sample ballot so you know what to expect before visiting the polls.

Early Voting in Michigan

While Michigan doesn’t offer in-person early voting, you can apply to receive an absentee ballot for the next election. You must already be a registered voter but you don’t need to provide a reason why you want to vote by mail.

You must complete a paper absentee voter application and submit it in person or by mail to your county clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before election day to be eligible for absentee voting. Your clerk may also accept the application by email or fax and in some cases, you may write a letter or postcard and submit it.

If you applied for an absentee ballot in time for the next election, you’ll receive it by mail up to 45 days before the election. You must complete and submit the ballot to your county clerk no later than 8 p.m. on election day for your vote to count.

Voting in Michigan on Election Day

The general election is held throughout the country on November 3, 2020. It’s important to know where you need to go on election day to vote if you didn’t apply for an absentee ballot. When you check your voter registration status online, you’ll also find information on your polling place. On every election day, Michigan polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Why Voting Is Important

As a United States citizen, your vote is your right and a way to make your opinion heard. When you vote for a government official, you’re endorsing a person’s beliefs in an effort to improve legislation in your state or the entire country. Government-elected officials have the power to influence laws that can have major impacts on your daily life, including the following issues:

Follow the steps to register to vote in Michigan by mail or in person at your county clerk’s office. Check your voter registration status online to ensure you’re ready to participate in the next election and exercise your right to vote.


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