Voting in
Michigan

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Michigan, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Michigan Election Website or call (888) 767-6424 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
11/3/2020
In-person Registration Deadline
10/19/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Michigan

Don’t miss your next election!

Your application for voter registration needs to be postmarked by Oct. 19th for the general election.

Registered voters will automatically receive applications to request absentee ballots by mail for all remaining 2020 elections due to COVID-19. If you are newly registered, or did not receive an application, you must request an application directly from your city or township clerk's office.

Forgot to register? Don’t worry! Michigan also offers ongoing in-person voter registration through Election Day at the city or township clerk's office.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Michigan:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for curing your ballot. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure. You will be contacted if there is a challenge to your ballot before Election Day. You must "cure" the challenge before Election Day. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any challenges.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in state primary. See Michigan Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Sept. 24th-Nov. 2nd

You can vote in-person at your township or city clerk’s office from Sept. 24th until Nov. 2nd at 4 p.m., using an absentee ballot. You may also register to vote with proof of residence during this time. Contact your clerk’s office for specific dates and hours.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 30th Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.

Registered voters will automatically receive applications to request absentee ballots by mail for all remaining 2020 elections due to COVID-19. If you are newly registered, or did not receive an application, you must request an application directly from your city or township clerk's office.

The vote-by-mail application period opens 75 days before each election, no excuse required.

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Voter ID + Access for Michigan

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.