Yes, You Can Vote in Michigan!

EVEN IF…….

  • You have a felony record.
  • You are on probation, parole, or tether.
  • You are awaiting arraignment, trial or sentencing, regardless of your incarceration status.
  • Your housing is unstable.
  • You have a disability.
  • You do not have Michigan ID.

There are only a few restrictions on voting in Michigan. Voters must be a U.S. citizen, reside in Michigan for at least 30 days by Election Day, be at least 18 years old by Election Day, and not serving a sentence in jail or prison.

Questions? Call the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at (866) OUR-VOTE!

Special Elections and Local Elections

April 16: Special Election for State House Districts 13 and 25

  • Absentee ballots must be available to voters: NOW
  • Last day to register to vote online or by mail: April 1
  • Last day we recommend dropping your ballot in the mail: April 2
  • Vote absentee at city or township clerks office: Until 4 p.m. on April 15
  • Election day for those in House Districts 13 and 25: April 16

May 7: Local Elections – To see if your community is having an election on May 7, go to mi.gov/vote and click on your voter information. 

  • Absentee ballots must be available to voters: March 28
  • Last day to register to vote online or by mail: April 22
  • Last day we recommend dropping your ballot in the mail: April 23
  • Vote absentee at city or township clerks office: Until 4 p.m. on May 6
  • Election day: May 7

Other upcoming 2024 Elections in Michigan

  • Primary Election: August 6, 2024.
  • General Election: November 5, 2024.

Learn What is On Your Ballot

Voter Guide information is published when available. Absentee ballots are available 40 days prior to an election.

Questions? Call the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at (866) OUR-VOTE! 866-867-8683

Voters with Disabilities

  • Vote – no matter disability type or guardianship status.
  • Vote at home or in person.
  • Vote privately and independently.
  • Accessible polling locations and absentee voting.
  • Assistance with filling out and casting your ballot.
  • Use a Voter Assist Terminal at your polling location.
  • Curbside voting, on request.

Contact your clerk’s office or the nonpartisan election protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE) if you encounter any accessibility issues while voting.

Early In-Person Voting

Michigan voters have the right to cast a ballot early and in person at an early voting site before Election Day.

Early voting must be available in every statewide and federal election, beginning with the presidential primary in 2024

Voters can visit an early voting site in their area to cast a ballot in person during the early voting period.

  • Early voting sites are open for at least 8 hours each day of the required 9-day early voting period.
  • Early voting is available a minimum of 9 days, beginning on the second Saturday before Election Day and ending on the Sunday before Election Day (February 17 – February 25 for the Presidential Primary).
  • Municipalities may offer up to 29 days total early in-person voting
  • Early voting sites will be designated by county or local clerks.

Once available, voters can look up their assigned early voting site(s)

 

You can find more information on early in-person voting at the Michigan Secretary of State website

You can also visit an early voting site to tabulate your completed absentee ballot. Just visit your assigned early voting site, check in with the poll workers, and insert your ballot into the tabulator.

All voters who wish to vote by absentee ballot must apply for a ballot, unless they have signed up for the permanent mail ballot list. You can apply for your ballot in one of three ways:

With a Michigan driver’s license or state ID.

(Within 2 weeks of the election, we recommend visiting city/township clerk to request a ballot in person.)

OR

In person at your city or township clerk’s office.

OR

By mail


(Within 2 weeks of the election, the Mail request option is NOT recommended)

Voters who want to receive an absentee ballot by mail for every election in their community can check a box on their absentee ballot application to join the Permanent Absentee Ballot list. Voters on this list will no longer have to apply for a ballot for every election.

After you receive and fill out your ballot, you must return your ballot in one of the following ways:

  • Through the mail
  • At a drop box provided by your city or township clerk,
  • At your clerk’s office,
  • Or by inserting the ballot into a tabulator at your early voting site or polling place after checking in with the poll workers.

Be sure to sign and date the envelope. Unless you are serving in the military or living overseas, your clerk needs to receive your ballot by 8 p.m. Election Day. If you are a military or overseas voter, your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day and received by your clerk within six days of the election to count.”

Be sure to stay informed via your local clerk’s office of any voting changes in your community, such as additional drop boxes or satellite clerk’s office locations.
*** It is important that all citizens become aware of their options via their local clerk’s office.

Note: Once ballots are available 40 days before Election Day, you can apply for an absentee ballot and vote that ballot in the same visit by visiting your city or township clerk’s office or satellite voting location.

Track your absentee ballot to make sure it was received. 

Vote on Election Day

If you are NOT registered, or need to update your registration, you can register to vote (with proof of residency) at the city or township clerk’s office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day.  After that, you can either vote by absentee ballot at your clerk’s office or you can vote by regular ballot at your polling location, if there’s time.”

If you ARE registered on Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling location.

Note: If you requested an absentee ballot but didn’t receive it, or changed your mind and want to vote at the polls, you can. (Bringing ID and your ballot if you have it isn’t required but will be helpful.)

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