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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Michigan voter registration application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your Michigan driver’s license or personal ID number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these, indicate that.

Steps 3–4 · Provide your full name and residential address

Steps 5–6 · Provide your gender and date of birth

Step 7 · (if applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 8 · Sign and date the form

Step 9 · If you were registered outside of Michigan or with a different name, provide the name and/or address where you were registered

Step 10 · If you don’t provide your Michigan driver’s license or personal ID number, and don’t provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, you must provide a copy of one of the following with your registration or when you vote:

  • Current photo ID
  • Paycheck stub
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government document with your name and address

3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 11 to your city or township clerk


Check if you’re registered to vote

vote.michigan.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

You can get the voter registration form at the following locations:

  • Your local Secretary of State branch office
  • Your local county, city, or township clerk’s office
  • Offices of several state agencies like the Department of Human Services, Department of Community Health, and Department of Labor and Economic Growth
  • Military recruitment centers

2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Confirm whether you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Nov 8

Step 2 · Provide your Michigan driver’s license or personal ID number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of the above, indicate that.

Steps 3–4 · Provide your full name and residential address.

Steps 5–6 · Provide your gender and date of birth

Step 7 · (If applicable) Provide your mailing address (if different)

Step 8 · Sign and date the form

Step 9 · If you were registered outside of Michigan or with a different name, provide the name and/or address where you were registered

Step 10 · Present an official Michigan ID card or driver’s license, or another generally recognized photo ID. If you don’t have one, you may sign an affidavit.


3. Return the form.

Return the form by Oct 11 to your city or township clerk


Check if you’re registered to vote

vote.michigan.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by Nov 8
  • Be a resident of Michigan, and the city, township, or village where you’re registering, by Oct 9
  • Not be confined in jail after having been convicted and sentenced
Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
Nov 7

Eligible voters can vote by absentee ballot in person before 4 PM


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM.


Who can vote early

In order to vote before Election Day you need to meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re physically disabled and as a result, you cannot vote on Election Day without another person’s assistance
  • You can’t vote on Election Day because of the tenets of your religion
  • You can’t vote on Election Day in the precinct where you reside because you are an election precinct inspector in another precinct
  • You’re 60 years of age or older
  • You’re absent or expect to be absent from the township or city in which you reside during the entire time the polls are open for voting on Election Day
  • You’re confined in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
Who can vote by mail

In order to vote before Election Day you need to meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re physically disabled and as a result, you cannot vote on Election Day without another person’s assistance
  • You can’t vote on Election Day because of the tenets of your religion
  • You can’t vote on Election Day in the precinct where you reside because you are an election precinct inspector in another precinct
  • You’re 60 years of age or older
  • You’re absent or expect to be absent from the township or city in which you reside during the entire time the polls are open for voting on Election Day
  • You’re confined in jail awaiting arraignment or trial


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the application for an absentee ballot

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name, address, and birthday (birthday is optional)

Step 2 · Check the box to provide a reason you’re requesting an absentee ballot

Step 3 · Sign and date the form

Step 4 · (Optional) Provide the address where you want your ballot sent (if different from Step 1) and provide your phone number and email address


3. Submit the form

Mail your signed and completed form to your local clerk so it’s received by 2 PM on Nov 5


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed ballot so it’s received by your local clerk no later than 8 PM on Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on sos.state.mi.us
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Nov 7

Eligible voters can vote by absentee ballot in person before 4 PM


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. You’re allowed to vote if you’re in line by 8 PM.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Michigan. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before you register
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Be a resident of the township, city, or village you plan to vote in by Oct 9
  • Not be confirmed in jail after having been convicted and sentenced

ID requirements

Be sure to bring one of the following forms of ID in order to vote:

  • State ID card
  • Michigan driver’s license
  • Another generally recognized picture ID card

If you don’t have a picture ID card, you may sign a sworn statement to that effect

Additionally, if you are a first time Michigan voter and registered to vote by mail, you may be required to show your Michigan ID, utility bill, or government document that shows your name and current address.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sort of. Michigan allows voters to place themselves on a ‘Permanent Absentee Voter List.’ Once you’re on list, you’ll automatically receive an Absentee Voter Application before every election. You’ll still need to return the absentee ballot application to your local clerk – and you’ll still need to indicate a valid reason for applying for an absentee ballot – before they’ll mail you an actual absentee ballot. If you think that you’ll regularly need an absentee ballot, you should absolutely add yourself to this list. Contact your local clerk to learn more.
No, Michigan does not allow in-person early voting.
You must include your Michigan driver’s license number or your Michigan state ID card number on your voter registration form. If you don’t have either of these numbers, you’ll need to include a copy of your ID with your voter registration form. Acceptable forms of ID include: a COPY of a current and valid photo identification that shows your name and Michigan OR a copy of a paycheck, utility bill, bank statement or government document that shows your name and Michigan address.NOTE: All Michigan voters must show photo ID when voting at the polls. It’s best to show your Michigan driver’s license or Michigan non-drivers ID card. If you don’t have either of those documents, you can show a driver’s license or personal ID card from another state, a US passport, a military ID, a student ID, or a tribal ID card. Your ID does not need to show your Michigan address.
No. You can’t vote by absentee ballot in Michigan at all if you haven’t already met the various voter ID requirements, so only properly identified voters can vote by absentee ballot.
First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person the first time they vote. You can get around this restriction by requesting your absentee ballot in person from your local clerk and showing your ID at that time. This restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.

  • You can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you have become physically disabled or if a family death or illness requires you to leave your community for the entire time the polls are open on election day.
  • Requests for Emergency Absentee Ballots must be submitted after the deadline for applying for a regular absentee ballot but before 4 p.m. on election day.
  • Contact your Local Election Official if you need an Emergency Absentee Ballot.
  • Emergency Absentee Ballots must be returned to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on election day.afterbefore