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Eligibility Requirements

Can I register to vote? 

You can register and vote in Michigan if: 

  • You are a U.S. citizen; 
  • You are a resident of a city or township in Michigan for at least 30 days (or will be by Election Day); 
  • You are at least 17.5 years old and will be 18 years old by Election Day; and, 
  • You are not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison 

What address do I use to register to vote? 

You use the address you consider to be your primary residence. Your primary residence is the place where you sleep most regularly and keep your belongings.

What if I’m a student? 

Students who come from Michigan and attend a school in Michigan can register to vote at their school address or their home address. Students coming from Michigan who attend a school outside of Michigan can still register to vote at their home address in Michigan. Students who are not from Michigan but are attending school in Michigan can register to vote at their school address in Michigan. For questions about registering to vote in other states, check out the resources on voting in that state. 

If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card and you are registered to vote in Michigan, your voter registration address and the address on your ID will be the same. If you change the address on one, it will automatically change the other. The Secretary of State will mail you a sticker with your new address to place on your license or ID card. Once registered, you can change your address through Michigan’s online voter registration system at www.mi.gov/VoterRegistration.

What if I’m in jail or was convicted of a crime? 

The only time you cannot register and vote is when you are serving a sentence in jail or prison. 
You can register and vote: 

  • If you are in jail but have not been sentenced; 
  • If you are serving a sentence but are not in jail or prison; 
  • If you are on probation or parole but are not in jail or prison; or, 
  • If you served your sentence and are no longer in jail or prison.

What if I am homeless? 

If you don’t have a home, you can register to vote using a street corner, park, shelter or any other place where you usually stay as your address. You can describe the location using two cross-streets. It is helpful, but not required, to have a mailing address. This can be a local shelter, advocacy organization, outreach center, or someone who will accept mail for you.

VOTER REGISTRATION

You can register to vote at any time! 

You must be registered to vote in order to vote in Michigan. You can register at any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day, but it is better to register as soon as possible. The earlier you register, the more choices you will have for how to register.

Am I registered to vote? 

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.mi.gov/vote to see if you are registered to vote. Check to see that you are registered to vote where you currently live.

How do I register to vote for the NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION on November 3, 2020? 

Prior to October 20, 2020 you have many ways to register to vote: 

  • Online at www.mi.gov/VoterRegistration; 
  • At a Secretary of State branch office; 
  • At your city or township clerk’s office or your county clerk’s office; 
  • At any state agency that provides public assistance or services to people with disabilities; 
  • By mailing in a completed voter registration application postmarked by October 19, 2020; or, 
  • Through a voter registration drive. 

Starting on October 21, 2020 and through 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020, you have one way to register to vote: 

  • Visit the city or township clerk’s office where you live and provide “proof of residency.”

What is “proof of residency”? 

“Proof of residency” is a document with your name and current address in the city or township where you live. Paper or electronic copies of any of the following documents will work: 

  • A Michigan driver’s license or state ID card; 
  • A utility bill; 
  • A bank statement; 
  • A paycheck; 
  • A government check; or, 
  • Any other government document.

Where is my city or township clerk’s office, and when is it open? 

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote, click on the “My Clerk” tab, and enter your address to find information for your city or township clerk. Or call your city or township clerk’s office. City and township clerks’ offices are open during their normal hours and for at least 8 hours the weekend before each election.

Do I need a photo ID or proof of citizenship to register to vote?

No. You will be asked for a photo ID if you register to vote in person. If you don’t have one or don’t have one with you, you can sign a simple form and then register to vote. If you register to vote through the mail and you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card, or a social security number, enter the numbers on your voter registration application where indicated.


 

 

Voting From Home

You can vote before Election Day!

All registered voters in Michigan can now vote before Election Day using what’s called an absentee ballot. You don’t need an excuse or a reason. You can vote before Election Day from home, or by going to your city or township clerk’s office.

How do I vote FROM HOME before Election Day?

Step 1: Request your ballot. Fill out an application for an absentee ballot, sign it using your official signature and submit it to your city or township clerk. You can submit your completed application by email, mail, fax, or in person.

Step 2: Fill out your ballot. Look for your absentee ballot to arrive in the mail. Once it arrives, fill it out, place it in the envelope provided, and sign the outside of the envelope with your official signature.

Step 3: Turn in your ballot as soon as possible. Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Since the mail can take some time, you should drop it in the mail as soon as possible. Starting a week before Election Day - October 27, 2020 for the November General Election – it is better to drop it off at your city or township clerk’s office.

Where can I get an application for an absentee ballot?

An application for an absentee ballot was mailed to every registered voter in Michigan. The application can be used to obtain an absentee ballot for the November General Election. If you did not receive one or cannot find it, you can download an application from the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote or call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you.

What is the deadline to vote FROM HOME before Election Day?

Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Begin the process early by mailing in your application for an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Your application for the November General Election can be submitted now.

How do I vote IN PERSON before Election Day?

Step 1: Go to your city or township clerk’s office.

Step 2: Fill out an application for an absentee ballot and submit it to the staff.

Step 3: Fill out your ballot, place it in the envelope provided, sign the outside of the envelope with your official signature, and leave it with the staff.

When can I vote IN PERSON before Election Day?

You can go to your city or township clerk’s office to vote in the November General Election starting on September 24, 2020. If you are already registered to vote where you live, the deadline to vote at your city or township clerk’s office for the November General Election is Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4 p.m. If you are not registered to vote where you live, the deadline to register and vote at your city or township clerk’s office is 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020.

Where is my city or township clerk’s office and when is it open?

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote, click on the “My Clerk” tab, and enter your address to find information for your city or township clerk. Or call your city or township clerk’s office. City and township clerk’s offices are open during their normal hours and for at least 8 hours the weekend before each election.


 

 

Voting On Election Day 

When is Election Day?

The Michigan General Election is on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

When are the polls open?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time. You have the right to vote if you are in line by 8 p.m.

What will be on the ballot?

View your sample ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote.
Where do I vote on Election Day?

If you are already registered to vote where you live, you must vote at your assigned polling place.
If you are not registered to vote where you live, you must visit your city or township clerk’s office with proof of residency by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to register to vote. Once you are registered, you can vote by an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or go to your polling place, if there is time to do so.

How do I find my polling place?

You can find your polling place:

  • Online at the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote;
  • On your Voter Identification Card;
  • By calling your city or township clerk; or,
  • By calling one of the Election Protection hotlines at the end of this guide.

What if I’ve moved?

You should update your voter registration whenever you move. If you did not update your registration by Election Day, you can register to vote at your city or township clerk’s office with proof of residency until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

You can vote at your old polling place one last time if:

  • You moved within the same city or township; or,
  • You moved to a different city or township within 60 days of the election. That is September 4, 2020 for the November General Election.

Can I get time off from work to vote?

Your employer isn’t required to give you paid or unpaid time off to vote. Ask if they have a policy that allows you to take time off. If they don’t, vote before Election Day.
Voting and ID

Do I need a photo ID to vote?

No. But if you have it, bring it with you and provide it to the poll worker. You will be asked for photo ID when you go vote. If you do not have photo ID or do not have it with you, you can sign a simple form and vote.

Do I need a photo ID to vote if this is my first time voting in Michigan?

No. A small number of first-time voters who registered through the mail or a voter registration drive may need to provide some documentation to vote. Electronic or paper copies of any of the following will work:

A photo ID with your name and picture (regardless of the address or if it has an address):

  • Driver’s license or personal ID card from any state
  • High school or college ID
  • Passport
  • Military or government-issued photo ID
  • Tribal ID card
  • A non-photo ID with your name and address on it:
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck stub
  • Government check
  • Any other government document

Where is my absentee ballot?

You can track your absentee ballot and application at the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote. Visit the site to see if:

  • Your application was processed by your city or township clerk;
  • Your absentee ballot was mailed to you; and,
  • Your absentee ballot was received by your city or township clerk.

 

 

FAQ

Where is my absentee ballot?

You can track your absentee ballot and application at the Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote. Visit the site to see if:

  • Your application was processed by your city or township clerk;
  • Your absentee ballot was mailed to you; and,
  • Your absentee ballot was received by your city or township clerk.

What should I do if I requested an absentee ballot but never received it?

Call or visit your city or township clerk’s office as soon as possible to cancel your first absentee ballot and request a new one. Or go to your polling place on Election Day, complete a simple form and vote.

What if I received my absentee ballot but then made an error on it or it was lost or destroyed?

Call or visit your city or township clerk’s office as soon as possible to cancel your first absentee ballot and request a new one. If you have the absentee ballot, because you made an error or it was only partially destroyed, take it with you. Or go to your polling place on Election Day, fill out a form and vote. If you have the absentee ballot, because you made an error or it was only partially destroyed, take it with you.
 

 


Election Protection Lines (선거 보호 라인)

For assistance in English (영어로 도움 청하실려면), call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683);

Para recibir ayuda en español, llama a 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682);

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To join the language access task force or for more information on our initiatives
please contact Bilal Hammoud Email: HammoudB@Michigan.gov Cell: 517-331-3729