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A way of voting if you are unable to get to your polling place on election day.
Any registered voter.
To apply for an absentee ballot, follow these simple steps:
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 by absentee ballot through the mail, without leaving your home. Use the online form to apply or contact your local city or township clerk. You can also go to your city or township clerk’s office or drop box to return your absentee ballot.
You may register to vote at your County Clerk’s Office, your city or township clerk’s office, at any Secretary of State branch office or you may register to vote by mail 15 days prior to the election.
You may register to vote in person with your City/Township Clerk's office until 8:00 P.M. on Election Night.
Registering To Vote By Mail
You may register to vote by mail using this Michigan voter application (PDF) to vote. The form will supply you with the names and addresses of all of the county clerks in Michigan so that you can mail the application directly to your county clerk. Some city clerks’ names and addresses are also listed.
In order to register to vote you must be:
To register in person 14 days or less prior to the Election you will need to show proof of residency. (A photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address).
Registration in Michigan is permanent, however, any time you move from one community and into another in this state you must re-register.
If you change your address within a community, the clerk should be notified so that you may be placed into the correct precinct. You may also change your address at any Secretary of State branch office.
Any name change due to marriage or legal action should be reported to the clerk by mail, in person, or at a Secretary of State branch office.
You can find your polling place online.
Polling hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It is recommended that voters bring one of the following acceptable forms of photo ID to the polls:
No. Michigan prohibits the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls, including clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.
These terms apply only to the partisan part of your ballot in a General Election (not a Primary):
You may find more information at the Michigan Secretary of State's website.
Yes. You do not have to register as a member of any party to vote in a Michigan Primary. We have an "Open" Primary. Any registered voter can vote in a Primary.
Yes, but you must choose all candidates from one party or the other in the Primary. As a Primary voter you will be given a ballot that has a column with the Republican candidates for various offices and a column with Democratic candidates for the same offices. The ballot will also have a third column for Nonpartisan offices such as judges and for Proposals. All voters can cast votes in the third column on nonpartisan candidates and proposals.
No. You cannot crossover (select partisan candidates from more than one party) in a Primary election. If you do, your votes for partisan candidates will be invalidated.
If you want to write in the name of someone who is not on the ballot and have your vote count, you may do so in the space provided on your ballot. Write-in votes will be counted only if that person has filed a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate as required by law.
If a candidate whose name is printed on the official ballot for the election dies or is otherwise disqualified on or after the Wednesday immediately before the election, no declaration of intent is necessary. In such a case, the board of election inspectors shall count all write-in votes for write-in candidates for the office sought by the deceased or disqualified candidate.
You must file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate with the filing official for the office you seek on or before 4 p.m. on the second Friday immediately before the election.