Voting & Elections

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Voting Information

Question: How do I register to vote?

Answer: All citizens who will be 18 by the day of the election are encouraged to register to vote. The website provides a very easy way for you to complete the necessary form. You still need to print, sign and mail it to address provided. You can also register to vote in person at any Michigan Secretary of State office, the offices of your local city or township clerk, and other state agencies. Go to this website for more information on locations and eligibility requirements: Michigan Voter Registration.

Q: Can I vote absentee?

A: Anyone who falls into one of the following six categories may vote by absentee ballot:

  • You are expecting to be out of town on election day
  • You are 60 years old or older
  • You are physically unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • You are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • You are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • You are assigned to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence

Q: How do I get an absentee ballot?

A: Your request for an absentee ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk by mail or in person. 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. For more information, go to Michigan absentee ballot.

Q: If I'm a student from out of town or out of state, how can I vote?

A: Those living someplace on a temporary basis need to vote at their place of permanent residence via an absentee ballot from that city or township clerk. In Michigan, use the links above to get information.

Q: Can I vote a straight-party ticket or do I need to make choices for individual positions?

A: Yes you can vote a straight-party ticket. Although Michigan legislators passed a law eliminating the straight party ticket voting option, that law was struck down by judicial review.

Q: How do I get information on national, state and local candidates?

A: The League of Women Voters provides information about candidates, submitted by the candidate themselves, on the website.

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name? Information is available on the Michigan LWV website.


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