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Absentee Ballot Process
Any voter may vote absentee in any election with no excuses given. To request a ballot, use one of the links below:
You may submit your application either in person or by mail to your City/Township Clerk's office.
After receiving your absentee ballot, you have until 8pm on Election Day to complete and return the ballot to your clerk's office.
Emergency Absentee Ballot:
If you have an emergency that prevents you from going to the polls you may request an emergency absentee ballot. Requests must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee ballots has passed, but before 4pm on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time in which it made it impossible to get to the polls.
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
The voting system used in Michigan is optical scan.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.
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ID Needed for Voter Registration
If you hand-deliver your registration application the staff person helping you will take your form and you don't need to do anything else.
If you are registering to vote for the first time in Michigan and you mail in your application, you must either:
- Enter your drivers license number or personal ID card number where requested on the form
- Send a copy of either your driver's license or personal ID card or a photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address. Do not send an original document - only a photocopy!
The residential address you use for voter registration must be the same as the address on your driver's license. Submitting a change for a driver's license address will be applied to your voter registration and visa versa.
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A voter may be asked to vote a provisional ballot if their name doesn't appear on the registration list.
Important: Before completing the provisional balloting process, if your name does not appear on the registration list you can consider registering in person at the clerk's office on Election Day. After you register you may vote a normal ballot.
If your name does not appear on the registration list and you do not re-register on Election Day, you may vote a provisional ballot. In order to get a provisional ballot you must:
- Complete an Application to Vote form
- Complete an affidavit stating that you registered to vote on or before the close of registration for the election, and
- Respond to questions regarding your identity and residence.
You may ask election workers for help in filling out these forms.
After voting the provisional ballot, your answers on the forms will be looked at and it will be determined if your ballot will counted in the polls or if it must be saved in a provisional ballot security envelope and returned to the clerks office for review after the polls close. The determination will be made within six days after the election.
ID Needed for Voting?
You must show a photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting that you do not have a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.
Voters with picture ID: Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or a Michigan personal identification card.
Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:
• Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.
• Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
• U.S. passport.
• Military identification card with photo.
• Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
• Tribal identification card with photo.
If you do not have a driver's license or other form of photo ID, you can get a state ID card at your local Secretary of State branch for $10. People over 65, people who have had driving privileges terminated due to physical or mental disability, or are blind do not need to pay this fee.
Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit.
Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk’s office.
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Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
Any action or physical barrier that prevents voters with disabilities from casting a ballot is unacceptable. To ensure that proper accessibility is maintained, federal and state laws require polling places to remove or make accommodations for any barriers that prevent voters with disabilities from voting.
Care should be taken to ensure that the polling place is accessible: doors should not be blocked, alternatives to stairs such as ramps or elevators should be available, and lighting and seating should be adequate. Furthermore, at least one voting station should be adapted to allow a person to vote while seated.
If you require assistance in casting a ballot, you may choose a person to help you provided that the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union.
If you or someone you know requires special access to the polls, it's important to call the clerk's office ahead of time to make sure your voting site is free of obstructions. If your precinct is not accessible, you will be directed to an alternative site that is accessible. For more information, contact your local clerk. Hearing impaired residents with questions may contact the Department of State's Bureau of Elections by TTY at (517) 322-1477.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Beginning 45 days before the Election you can vote early in person or apply for an absentee ballot at your City/Township Clerk's office. You can apply for the absentee ballot and vote that ballot during the same visit! Early voting continues until 4pm the day before the Election.
If you prefer, you can bring your ballot home to vote, just be sure to return the ballot by 8pm on Election Day.
City/Township Clerk offices must be open for at least 8 hours the weekend before the Election to allow for registration and voting by absentee ballot. To check your specific clerk's hours, please click here.
You can now register to vote online!
You can register to vote at any time through the 15th day before the Election. You can register to vote:
- In person at the Secretary of State, City/Township/County Clerk's offices
- By mail (download an application here)
- Voter registration drive
Starting 14 days before the Election, you must register to vote in person at the clerk's office with proof of residency. Proof of residency must be current and have your name and address on it. Examples of proof of residency:
- Driver's license or personal ID card
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Government document
Automatic Voter Registration
All eligible citizens who are not currently registered to vote will be automatically registered if they conduct any business with the Secretary of State office, unless they opt out. For more information, please contact your Secretary of State.
Election Day Registration
You may register to vote on Election Day if you are a new registrant or if you need to update your registration. In order to register on Election Day you must go to your City/Township Clerk's office (until 8pm on Election Day) to register and vote in that specific office. If you have already registered prior to Election Day you must vote at your assigned polling place.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Michigan:
- You must be registered to vote in Michigan
- You will be entitled to compensation
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Political affiliation required
- You must complete required training
- Students16 years or older who meet all other voter requirements may be appointed
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.