Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

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How to Register to Vote

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by Nov 6
  • 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

How to Vote

Vote early
Nov 7

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


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

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
Absentee ballot received by
November 6

Vote early
Nov 7

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


Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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