As the risk of COVID-19 is still imminent, how can voters safely participate in the general election on Nov. 3?

All voters have the right to vote safely from home via absentee ballot. To do so, voters must either submit their absentee ballot application online at or download an application to return to their local clerk’s office by email, mail, or in person before 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2020, the deadline to request to receive a ballot by mail.

After Oct. 30, if a voter has not yet registered to vote absentee, they can still request an absentee ballot in person at their city or township clerk’s office up until 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2.

All precinct polling locations will remain open in each jurisdiction on Nov. 3 for those who wish to cast their vote in person. The Michigan Bureau of Elections will provide all local jurisdictions with personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies to ensure that all polling places are sanitized.


Last updated Aug. 24, 2020