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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Michigan

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
09/24/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/30/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

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.

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 Oct. 30th by 5 p.m.

  • Due to COVID-19, Michigan will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. You can return the state-issued application or 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 Nov. 3rd at 8 p.m.
  • Or mail your ballot to your local clerk - ballots must be received by Nov. 3rd* 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 Nov. 3rd postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Nov. 3rd - your ballot will not count.
*The return deadline is subject to ongoing litigation. Return your ballot now to make sure your vote counts.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

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.

Use The Right Form of ID

Michigan voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies. You do not need to submit a copy of your photo ID when voting by mail.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. 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. Voters can go to their city or township clerk to "cure" their ballot as time will allow.

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.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Michigan

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Michigan First Time Voter Info