Voting in Michigan

Next Election: November 2, 2021

In Michigan Returning Neighbors CAN VOTE. This means:

  • If you are at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of Michigan, YOU CAN VOTE.
  • If you have a past conviction, YOU CAN VOTE.
  • If you are on parole, YOU CAN VOTE.
  • If you are on probation, YOU CAN VOTE.
  • If you are in or out of jail waiting to be sentenced, YOU CAN VOTE.

The only time you cannot vote is while you are incarcerated AND serving a sentence.

Are You Registered to Vote?

No one should assume they are registered. Why? Voter lists are sometimes “purged.” For example:

In March 2021, the Michigan Bureau of Elections canceled approximately 177,000 Michigan voter registrations as part of routine, post-election voter list maintenance. The registrations belong to people who appear to have moved, because before the November 2018 election they surrendered a Michigan driver’s license in another state or had election mail sent to them and returned to an election official as undeliverable.

Michigan Secretary of State website

Register to Vote

If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID, you can register online (or update your registration)

If you want to register to vote or update your registration by mail, you may do so with a printable application.

A third option is to register in person at your Clerk’s Office.

Vote at Home (absentee)

All registered voters in Michigan have the right to vote by mail. It’s a safe way to vote and protect your health, and the process is secure and accurate.

(1) Request an Absentee Ballot

All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. Requests (applications) to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. You can apply for an Absentee Ballot online or in person at your Clerk’s Office

In 2022 City Clerk will begin mailing Absentee Ballots around September 20. Be sure to watch for it in your mail.

(2) Complete and Return Your Absentee Ballot

Image from Michigan Secretary of State website. Modified to include drop box.

Don’t Forget to Sign the Outside of the Return Envelope.

You must sign your name as it is printed on the envelope. If the envelope is addressed to “John R. Smith”, your signature must be “John R. Smith”. Forgetting the R or using your full middle name will invalidate your ballot.

Your completed absentee ballot should be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can submit by mail, or by hand-delivering the ballot to your clerk’s office or their drop box. If you are returning your ballot within two weeks of election day, it is best hand-delivering your ballot to avoid possible postal delays.

(3) Track Your Ballot

You can check to see when your Clerk receives your ballot. Click the box on the right to look up your voting information (search for your voter information by Name or Driver’s License). Depending on your device, the status of your Absentee Ballot will be near the top of the screen.

Vote in Person

You must vote at your assigned polling place on the day of the election. Voting begins at 7 am.

To find your polling place, click here. Then search for your voting information by either Name or Driver’s License.

What’s on My Ballot?

Once you are registered to vote, follow this link, and enter your information to Search by Name or by Driver’s License. When your information page comes up, scroll to the top until you see the “Elections calendar” section (see image on the right). Select View under the Ballot preview.