How to Register to Vote Summary



Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 SummaryHow to Register to Vote. Summary.


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You Must Be...
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Fill Out Application
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Submit Application
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Clerk Mails Voter Card
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A US citizen

A Michigan citizen

A citizen of the town where you're registering

At least 18 years old


Obtain an application at one of many locations, and fill it out.

Must register 30 days before election to vote in that election.

Hand-deliver or mail in application.

If never registered to vote in Michigan and choose to mail in application, remember to include identification information.

Card will show location where to cast ballot.

Present acceptable photo ID at polls or sign an affidavit if no photo ID is available.

Points to Remember

  1. If you move to a new city or township, you must re-register. If you move within a city or township and are already registered to vote, you only need to update your address.
  2. If you are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial, you may register to vote. If you are in jail after being convicted and sentenced, you may not register to vote or vote while you are confined.
  3. Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at for information about registering to vote and voting, voting equipment, polling place locations, state and local ballots, the candidates, campaign finance and more. Your local clerk can help with questions about your voter registration, polling place location and working at the polls.