League of Women Voters

Michigan Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Available through Tuesday, August 6, 2019 as long as you have proof of residency
By Mail:
Received by July 22, 2019
Election Dates:
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Department of State
Michigan Department State
Lansing, MI 48018

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Michigan you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • 18 years old by Election Day
  • A resident of Michigan

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.

If you have never voted in Michigan and submit your registration application through the mail or at a voter registration drive, you must appear in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to participate. This requirement does not apply if:

  • You personally hand-deliver your from to your county, city or township clerk instead of mailing the form
  • You are 60 years or older
  • You are disabled
  • You are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

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.

Registration Deadline

Registration Deadlines are at least 30 days before an election (mail in registrations must be postmarked 30 days prior to an election). You should register to vote at your local clerk's office, with the county clerk or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. In addition, the following state agencies offer voter registration services to their clients: the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health and the Department of Career Development. Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.

Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch office, by mail or at any other location where voter registrations are accepted. Michigan voters must use the same residential address for voter registration and driver's license purposes. Consequently, if you submit a driver's license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration. Similarly, if you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver's license.


Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please visit your state's voter registration verification tool.

Absentee Ballot Process

Voters who are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day are able to vote an absentee ballot. All eligible and registered voters may request an absentee ballot without providing a reason. Your request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. Requests must b e received by your clerk no later than 5pm the Friday before the Election.

To request a ballot, use one of the links below:

Absent Voter Ballot Application

Absent Voter Ballot Apllication - Fillable Version

En Espanol

Large Print Version

After receiving your absentee ballot, you have until 8pm on Election Day to complete and return the ballot to your clerk's office.

If an emergency prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absent voter ballot. Request for emergency ballots must be submitted after the deadling for regular absent voter ballots has passed but before 4pm on Election Day. Please contact your local clerk for more information on emergency absent voter ballots.

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.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

Early Voting is not available.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Mailed registrations must be received by Monday, July 22, 2019. You may register in-person up until Tuesday, August 6, 2019 as long as you bring proof of residency.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

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 be a resident of the county
  • 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.

Polling Place Hours

Polling places will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Michigan law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional Ballots are counted 6 days after the election.

Voters who do not bring picture identification to the polls or do not possess picture identification can vote by signing an affidavit.

Voting Machines

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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic)


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