You are qualified to vote if:
- You are a Citizen of the U.S.
- You are at least 18 years of age on or before the next scheduled election.
- You have been a resident of Michigan for at least 30 days before the election.
- You registered 15 days prior to the election or registered in-person with your local city or township clerk in the final 14 days prior to the election or on Election Day.
Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency. Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day. You do not have to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.
You can register at any of the following offices:
- Secretary of State Branch Office
- County Clerk's Office
- City, Township, or Village Office
- Mail-In Voter Registration Application
As soon as your local City or Township Clerk accepts the registration, you are officially registered to vote.
- The polling place is where you go to cast your ballot.
- Polling Locations are also referred to as "precincts".
- The precinct you are assigned to depends on where you are registered to vote.
- When you arrive at your polling place, a precinct inspector will ask you
to fill out an Application to Vote to verify your name and address which
appears on the list of registered voters assigned to that precinct. If you
are in the incorrect precinct, you must go to the correct precinct in order
- You will be requested to show current photo ID. Qualified, registered electors who are not in possession of ID, may sign an affidavit on the back of the application to be issued a ballot.
Polling Locations may change depending on the type of election. If you are unsure of your polling place, please contact your local City/Township office.
You can obtain an absentee Ballot from the City or Township Office where you are registered.
You may apply for an Absent Voter Ballot by:
- post card
- absentee ballot application
- in person at your local clerk's office
- if you are eligible, with a Federal Postcard Application
The deadline to apply to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. After this, you may vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk's office.
NOTE: NO ABSENT VOTER BALLOTS WILL BE SUPPLIED THROUGH A TELEPHONE REQUEST. THEY MUST BE REQUESTED IN WRITING!
Federal Post Card Application F.P.C.A.
The postcard application may be used to both register to vote and to apply for an absent voter ballot. The use of this application is restricted to:
- Members of the Armed Forces and their dependants
- Members of the Merchant Marines and their dependants
- U.S. citizens temporarily residing outside of the U.S.