All About Voting

Be properly informed on your way to the polls this year!

  • You must be a US Citizen
  • You must be 18 years old by Election Day or older
  • You do not need a permanent Residence
  • You do not need photo ID
  • You can have a felony record, be on probation, parole or be in jail awaiting conviction
  • You can register to vote at your City Clerk or County Clerk’s offices
  • You can download this form and send it in by mail (https://www.michigan.gov/documents/MIVoterRegistration_97046_7.pdf)
  • Remember that unless you register to vote at a clerk’s office, you will need to vote in person your first time (not with an absentee ballot)
  • The voter registration deadlines are July 9th, 2018 for the Primary Election and October 9th.  
  • Click here to see if you’re already registered at your current home: www.mi.gov/vote
  • If you do not have a home, you may register by using the address of a shelter or description of where you stay
  • Primary Election Day is August 7th, 2018
  • General Election Day is November 6th, 2018
  • Polls open at 7am and close at 8pm (you have the right to vote if you are in line by 8pm, no matter how long it takes)
  • Check your polling place here: www.michigan.gov/vote
  • Bring an I.D. if you have one, and if not, ask to sign an affidavit and make sure you are given a regular ballot, not a provisional ballot.
  • Don’t wear any campaign buttons, stickers or t-shirts into the polls
  • If you need help, you may bring an assistant into the poll booth with you, as long (as they are not your employer or union representative).  
  • You may take a cheat sheet into the polls with you: you may use a sample ballot you have already filled out, a slate card or notes.
  • People with felonies, on parole & probation, and anyone not currently serving a sentence have the right to vote in Michigan.
  • No photo I.D.? No problem.  Identify yourself with a military, tribal or government I.D.—but if you don’t have one, you may sign an affidavit at the polls and still vote a regular ballot.  Provisional ballots will likely not be counted.
  • You may enter the poll booth with sample ballots, instructions and other materials to help you vote. But stickers, pins or shirts that support a candidate or campaign are not allowed.  
  • If your name does not show up in the poll book, you should get help finding the right polling place.
  • If you have recently moved, you can still vote at your old location one final time.  
  • Polling booths must be accessible, and poll workers must make sure voters with disabilities have access to a table and privacy booth, no matter what.
  • If you are 60 years or older, physically unable to go to the polls, scheduled to be out of town or in jail on Election day, or will be volunteering during voting hours- you may vote by mail or at a clerk’s office using an absentee ballot.  
  • Just show up to your city clerk’s office to request a ballot there, or fill out and print this Absentee Ballot application: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/AbsentVoterBallot_105377_7.pdf
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Having Trouble Voting?

Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for help if you are not receiving proper assistance from poll workers, or if you feel you are being intimidated from voting.

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