Voter Information

Voter Information

 Voter Information

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Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?,

​YES.

  • But you can register to vote in-person up to and including Election Day.
How can I register to vote?,
  • 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.
  • The last day to register by Mail - A resident mailing in a voter registration application or update of address must do so on or before the fifteenth (15th) day before the next election.
  • Last Day to Register in Person - Local city or township clerks can accept voter registration applications up to and on Election Day. If registering to vote less than 15 days before an election or on Election Day, residents must visit the city or township clerk's office and show proof of residency (Michigan ID with current address, utility bill, etc.) to be eligible to vote in that election.
  • 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.
Do I have to re-register?,
  • It is not necessary to re-register for each election unless you have moved and/or changed your name.
What are the qualifications to register?,

  • A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote for at least 30 days before election day.

  • A citizen of the United States of America.

  • At least 18 years of age (by election day).
  • Not serving a sentence in jail or prison.
Am I registered to Vote?,

Click here to find out.

Change of Address?,
  • If you move within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. If you have not completed a change of address prior to election day, you will not lose your right to vote. A change of address card will be completed at the polling place when you vote.
  • If you move outside your city, township or village, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office. The change of address may be made by mail as well as in person.
  • If you submit a change of address on your driver's license at a Secretary of State Branch Office, the address on your voter registration record will automatically be changed as well.
Change of Name?,

Any name change due to marriage or legal action should be reported to the clerk by:

  • Mail
  • In-Person
  • At a Secretary of State branch office

A person changing name should re-register.

Where do I Vote?,
  • 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 of you polling place location, contact your City or Township clerk’s office, or use our polling location search tool. 
How do I get an Absent Voter Ballot?,
  • Applications for absent voter ballots are also available from your City or Township Clerk.
  • Absent voter ballots are sent by your City or Township Clerk after receiving an absentee voter ballot application.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 Military and Overseas Civilian Voter Information

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How do I register to Vote?,
  1. Go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP.gov), download and complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
  2. Return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your City or Township Clerk.
Other ways to register:
  • The last day to register by Mail - A resident mailing in a voter registration application or update of address must do so on or before the fifteenth (15th) day before the next election.
  • Last Day to Register in Person - Local city or township clerks can accept voter registration applications up to and on Election Day. If registering to vote less than 15 days before an election or on Election Day, residents must visit the city or township clerk's office and show proof of residency (Michigan ID with current address, utility bill, etc.) to be eligible to vote in that election.
  • 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.
What are the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens qualifications to register to vote?,

  • A member of a uniformed service on active duty who is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States.)
  • A member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of service in the Merchant Marine, is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States.)
  • A spouse or dependent of a member of a uniformed service or a member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason of the active duty or service of the member, is absent from his or her city or township of residence. (Voter can be inside or outside the United States.)
  • A civilian voter who is outside the United States and is eligible to vote in Michigan.
  • A member of the National Guard activated on state orders.
How do I get an Absentee Vote Ballot?,

Each year go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FPCA.gov), download a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

Complete and submit by postal mail, fax, or scan and email to your local clerk based on your home residence.

Check the appropriate box for e-mail, fax or mail to receive the ballot.

The FPCA can also be used to register to vote. See the Michigan Voter Information Center to locate your home residence City or Township Clerk.

Check the status of a requested absent voter ballot?,
Contact my City or Township Clerk?,

Go to the Michigan Voter Information Center (Find Your Clerk). Click on "Find Your Clerk."

Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?,

YES.​

You can register to vote in-person up to and including Election Day.

Am I registered to Vote?,

Click here to find out.