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How to Vote

ELECTION DAY: November 8

Absentee Voting/Vote by Mail

In Michigan, you can vote by mail from your home

• In Michigan, this method is called Absentee Voting
• In Michigan, anyone can request an absent voter ballot
• Request an absent voter ballot here
• Drop boxes are available and a voter MUST use a drop box in their city or township
• Voters may contact their clerk to determine dropbox locations
• Find your clerk here or find your dropbox here
• Absent voter ballot envelopes must be signed and sealed
• Absent voter ballots must be received by the voter’s city or township clerk by 8pm on 11/8

Early Voting

In Michigan, you can vote early in person


• In Michigan, this method is called In-Person Absentee Voting
• In Person Absentee Voting is available at every city and township clerk’s office starting 9/29
• Some city and township clerks will offer additional early voting locations
• Voters may contact their clerk to determine early voting locations and hours
• Find your clerk here
• Voters will be asked for ID before they vote, but it is not required to vote
• If a voter does not have ID, they can sign a form attesting their identity and vote a regular ballot

Election Day

• Polls Open 7am
• Polls Close 8pm
• Find your polling location here
• Voters will be asked for ID before they vote, but it is not required to vote
• If a voter does not have ID, they can sign a form attesting their identity and vote a regular ballot

Dates & Deadlines

Voter Registration

Online RegistrationMail-in RegistrationIn-Person
DEADLINE TO REGISTER10/24
NO Proof of Residency Required
10/24
NO Proof of Residency Required
11/8
with Proof of Residency and ONLY at City/Township Clerk’s Office
Note: Unregistered voters should not go to their polling place on election day! Eligible voters may register on election day, however, voters must register at their city or township clerk’s office. A voter registering on election day may also vote at their clerk’s office.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER
Online Registration
10/24
NO Proof of Residency Required
Mail-in Registration
10/24
NO Proof of Residency Required
In-Person
11/8
with Proof of Residency and ONLY at City/Township Clerk’s Office
Note: Unregistered voters should not go to their polling place on election day! Eligible voters may register on election day, however, voters must register at their city or township clerk’s office. A voter registering on election day may also vote at their clerk’s office.

Absentee Voting

Request
Period Begins
Mail-in (receipt) Request DeadlineOnline Request DeadlineIn-person
Request Deadline
REQUEST DEADLINE8/2511/4 at 5pm11/4 at 5pm11/7 at 4pm
REQUEST DEADLINE
Request
Period Begins
8/25
Mail-in (receipt) Request Deadline
11/4 at 5pm
Online Request Deadline
11/4 at 5pm
In-person
Request Deadline
11/7 at 4pm

BALLOTS MAILED BY ELECTION OFFICIALS

For requests received prior to 9/29, ballots will be mailed on 9/29. For requests received on or after 9/29, ballots will be mailed within 24 hours (excluding weekend hours).

Note: Voters are strongly encouraged to have their request for an Absent Voter Ballot to the clerk at least 2 weeks prior to the election if they plan to mail their ballot.

Ballot Return

By Mail – PostmarkBy Mail – ReceivedIn-Person
RETURN DEADLINENone11/811/8 at 8pm
NOTE: In the last two weeks before the election, it is recommended to return your ballot to a dropbox or clerk instead of by mail to make sure it is received on time.
RETURN DEADLINE
By Mail – Postmark
None
By Mail – Received
11/8
In-Person
11/8 at 8pm
NOTE: In the last two weeks before the election, it is recommended to return your ballot to a dropbox or clerk instead of by mail to make sure it is received on time.

Early Voting In-Person

EARLY VOTING PERIOD9/29 – 11/7

Resources

Michigan Voter Information Center
Michigan Democratic Party Voter Information
Michigan Democratic Party Voter Protection Hotline: 1 (833) MI-VOTES