To vote in the Presidential Primary you will select a ballot style – Republican, Democratic, or local (if available)

Michigan’s Presidential Primary, which will be held on February 27, is a chance for voters to choose which candidates will be on the ballot in the U.S. Presidential Election in November.

As with Michigan’s other statewide and federal elections, there are three ways to vote in this election: before Election Day by absentee ballot (from home or at your local clerk’s office), before Election Day at an early voting site, or in person on Election Day. However, the Presidential Primary is different in one important way: Michigan law requires all voters to select a ballot style – Republican, Democratic, or local (if available) – to vote in the Presidential Primary.

Choosing a ballot style to vote in the Presidential Primary does not mean you’re
joining that party.
For example, someone who doesn’t support any political party can
choose to vote a Republican ballot. Or someone who identifies with the Republican Party can choose to vote a Democratic ballot. Moreover, your ballot selection for any particular presidential primary will not impact your ability to choose a different ballot style for a future presidential primary or to vote for different parties in the future. For more details, please check out our one-pager: Michigan’s Presidential Primary: Everything You Need to Know.

If you joined the Permanent Mail Ballot List (PMBL) before applying for your Presidential
Primary ballot, you should already have received a form in the mail from your local clerk
asking you to select a ballot style. Permanent mail ballot voters must complete this form
in order to receive an absentee ballot for the Presidential Primary! If you’re on the
PMBL, but you haven’t received a selection form, contact your local clerk ASAP.

Check your voter registration, register to vote, learn how, when and where you can vote, and more at


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