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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.
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 the Friday before Election Day. Request your ballot ASAP so that you can allow for plenty of time to receive, complete, and return it.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
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.
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.
You, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or an election official may return 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.
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.
You do not need a photo ID to vote in Michigan. If you lack any valid form of identification, you may sign an affidavit at the polls. Valid forms of identification include;
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Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open
No party affiliation is required to participate in Michigan’s primaries. You will choose which political party’s ballot you’d like to vote when you go to vote. Being a member of a political party does not restrict which primary election you vote in. See Michigan’s Republican Party or Democratic Party websites for more details.
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.
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.
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 the day before Election Day.
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.