Learn about your rights as a voter, and how to get an absentee ballot.
How do I register?
U.S. citizens, at least 18 years of age, who are residents of Michigan, can register to vote in any of the following locations at least 30 days before the election:
- Local city, county or township clerk’s office
- Secretary of State branch office
- Family Independence Ageny
- Department of Community Health
- You can also register to vote when you renew your driver’s license.
How do I get an absentee ballot?
Eligible voters may request an absentee ballot if you:
- are unable to vote without assistance
- are 60 years of age or older
- expect to be absent from your city or township on election day
- are in jail, awaiting arraignment or trial
- have been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other than where you are registered; or
- are unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs
In most communities, a written application is required to obtain an absentee ballot. You do not need a special form.
The city or township clerk will need the following:
- Your registered name
- Your registered address
- The address to which the ballot is to be sent
- The reason for requesting an absentee ballot
- Your signature
It is wise to apply 1-2 months prior to the election.
If you have any questions, please contact your local (city or township) clerk.
Where is my polling place?
Look up your polling place through the county voter website, or check with your city, township or county clerk’s office.