General Election Information

General Election Information

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Voter Registration

  • The last day to register before an election is on the 15th day preceding the election.
  • It is not necessary to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.
  • You may register to vote at any Secretary of State Branch Office, the Livingston County Clerk’s Office, or a City or Township Clerk’s office.
  • A person registering to vote at a branch office or at a clerk’s office will be required to show acceptable photo ID proving identity or sign an affidavit to that effect.
  • Your voter registration will not be valid until accepted by the local city or township clerk’s office. Please contact your city or township clerk if you do not receive a voter identification card in the mail within 2 weeks after registering.
  • Michigan election law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver’s license purposes.

Polling Locations

  • The polling place, or precinct, is where you go to cast your ballot on the day of the election.
  • Your voter identification card contains the polling place location and the precinct number for all elections. If you are unsure about the name of the jurisdiction in which you are registered, please contact the Livingston County Clerk’s office.
  • If you are unsure about whether you are registered or the precinct number or polling place location in which you are registered, please contact the city or township clerk’s office. 

Voting Procedures

  • When you arrive at your polling place location, a precinct inspector will ask that you complete an Application to Vote form to verify your name and address as shown on the precinct poll list.
  • The precinct inspectors will provide instructions on how to mark the ballot.

Voter Qualifications

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age by the day of the election.
  • You must be a resident of the State of Michigan and must be at least a 30-day resident of your city or township by the day of the election.

Absentee Voting Procedure

  • You may request an absent voter ballot from your city or township clerk.
  • Applications for absent voter ballots are also available from your city or township clerk.
  • Voters applying for an absent voter ballot at the clerk’s office will be required to show photo ID or sign the affidavit of identity.
  • When requesting an absent voter ballot, please provide the following information: the date of the election, your name, the address where you are registered to vote, your signature, date of your request, and the address where you wish to have your ballot mailed, if different from you registered address. Absent voter ballots must be sent to your registered address unless you are hospitalized, institutionalized, or at an address outside of your community.
  • The deadline to receive an absent voter ballot by mail is 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election.
  • The deadline for applying to vote an absent voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office is 4 p.m. on the Monday prior to the election.