Voting in Michigan

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Election Dates

State Primary Election Day
Voter Registration Deadline (by mail - postmarked, online)
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a state primary. Click here for additional info, including party requirements and what's on the ballot.

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Michigan

Learn about all the options to vote in Michigan to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Michigan Board of Elections Phone Number: (888) 767-6424

Michigan Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Michigan

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Michigan.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Michigan

Voting by mail is a two step process in Michigan.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is August 4th at 5 p.m. Request your ballot ASAP so that you can allow for plenty of time to receive, complete, and return it.

  • You can request your ballot here.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local clerk or designated dropbox on or before August 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Or mail your ballot to your local clerk - ballots must be received by August 8th to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or November 8th postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after August 8th - your ballot will not count.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign your ballot return envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, you must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

You, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or an election official may return your ballot.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in person-ballot on Election Day. If you no longer have your ballot, you will be asked to sign an affidavit stating that you have not yet voted.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Michigan does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot, including sending you a new ballot if time allows. You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to cure your ballot.

You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Photo ID

  • Michigan driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  • An out-of-state driver’s license or state-issued ID card
  • Any other federal or state government-issued photo ID card
  • A current U.S. passport
  • A current military ID card
  • A current Tribal identification card with photo
  • A current student ID card from a high school or an accredited college

Non Photo ID: Sign an affidavit at the polls.


Voter ID in Michigan

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Statewide Primaries

Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open

The election is an open primary. You may choose to vote in any party’s primary.

The Michigan primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. representatives
– Michigan governor
– State legislators
– Judicial races
– School boards
– Municipal government seats

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register and cast your ballot on Election Day at your local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof or residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Michigan

Go to your city or township clerk's office to vote early with an absentee ballot. You will request, fill out, and return you absentee ballot. You may also register to vote in person. The deadline to vote absentee in person is 4:00 p.m. on November 7th.


Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Michigan, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Michigan primaries if you are 17 by the next election.