Michigan Voter Registration Information

State

VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: You must register to vote at least 30 days before an election

Party Affiliation: Michigan has an open primary system, individuals do not need to be registered with a party to vote in their primary elections. However a voter may only vote in a single party primary.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: Must be 18 years old by election day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.

Mental Competency: Michigan has not put limits on voting from the standpoint of mental competence.

Felony Convictions: Michigan residents confined in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial are eligible to vote. However, residents who are serving a sentence in jail or prison after conviction cannot vote during the period of confinement. When residents are released from jail or prison after serving a sentence, they are free to participate in elections without restriction.

ID Requirements: New voters must have one of the following methods of identification:
   -Driver's license number
   -Personal ID number
   -Copy of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver's license or personal ID card)
   -Copy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document which lists your name and address

The above identification requirement does not apply if you personally deliver your voter registration form to your county clerk's office, or you are disabled, or eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act(UOCAVA).


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Michigan voter registration application

In person: You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail; at your county, city, or township clerk's office; or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.
In addition, the following State agencies offer voter registration services to their clients:
   - Department of Human Services
   - Department of Community Health and the Department of Career Development
   - Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.

By mail/ in writing: Download a form online and mail it completed to the address indicated on the form. If you register by mail, you must vote in person at your assigned precinct the first time you vote, unless you are one of the following:
   -disabled as defined by state law
   -60 years of age or older
   -temporarily residing overseas

By fax: Consult your county clerk for faxing options.

Other Voter Registration Application Information: You may also register at the same time you renew your driver’s license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the mail with their driver’s license renewal information.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: Michigan voter registration

Phone: Contact your County Clerk's office


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:

As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are:
   -60 years old or older
   -Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
   -Expecting to be out of town on Election Day
   -In jail awaiting arraignment or trial
   -Unable to attend due to religious reasons
   -Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

Other absentee voter qualifications: A person who registers to vote by mail must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Michigan absent voter ballot application

In person: You can obtain and submit an absentee application form at your local clerk's office.

By mail: You must request an absentee voter ballot by mailing the application with a letter or post card, or you can obtain a pre-printed application form at your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.

Military and overseas voting: Michigan Military and Overseas absentee ballot guide.

Emergency Voting: If an emergency, such as a sudden illness or family death prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee voter ballots has passed but before 4 p.m. on Election Day. The emergency must have occurred at a time that made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee voter ballot. Your local clerk will have more information about emergency absentee voter ballots.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file.

Other absentee ballot submission information: If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to your clerk's office.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Michigan does not have early voting. Qualified Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots prior to Election Day.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Michigan voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

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: Michigan polling place locator

ID Requirements:Voters are asked to present an acceptable photo ID such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Please note that voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls still can vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they're not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day. The following types of ID, with or without address, are acceptable:
   -Michigan driver's license or state-issued ID card
   -Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
   -Federal or state government-issued photo identification
   -U.S. passport
   -Military ID with photo
   -Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
   -Tribal identification card with photo

How to Vote: Michigan voting equipment information

Michigan sample ballots

Problems with voting: Michigan/HAVA election complaint process

Verifying provisional ballot status: If election officials can verify that you are registered to vote in the appropriate jurisdiction, your provisional ballot will count. A poll worker can tell you how to find out if your ballot was counted. Many states provide a number to call or website to check to find if your ballot counted. If you want more information call your local clerk's office.

Verifying absentee ballot status: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1633-49313--,00.html