<span style="font-size:22px;">Civic groups cannot access or edit the voter file</span>
Only the Michigan Bureau of Elections and local election clerks can log into, access, edit and modify the state’s Qualified Voter File. Civic organizations, including Rock the Vote, cannot.
The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) worked with the nonpartisan voter education group Rock the Vote to build a secure API – application programming interface – to make it easier for eligible Michigan citizens to register to vote online. The tool, which was announced in June 2020, exists in other states, and which other organizations can use as well, allows organizations to collect voter registration applications electronically and securely submit them to Michigan’s online voter registration system. To do so, the voter must provide all information needed to register to vote online in Michigan. Organizations using the tool do not receive any type of payment from MDOS and they do not have access to voter information that is not already publicly available. A voter’s Social Security number, driver’s license information and other personal information are not publicly available and are not shared by MDOS with those making public records requests or organizations using an API.
When voter registration applications were submitted to the online voter registration tool by a group using the API, that organization’s name is indicated only for record-keeping purposes. This does not mean the group can log into or edit that registration of the Qualified Voter File – they cannot do so.