Voting in Michigan
Voter Registration In Michigan
Who Can Register In Michigan
To register to vote in Michigan, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the election
- Not serving a sentence in jail or prison
There is no deadline to register to vote in person in Michigan. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
Michigan Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Michigan but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your city or township clerk’s office during the early voting period or on Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
You can pre-register to vote in Michigan if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Michigan does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Michigan residents confined in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial are eligible to vote. However, residents who are serving a sentence in jail or prison after conviction cannot vote during the period of confinement. Michigan does restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote.
Voting In Michigan
Where To Vote In Michigan
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Michigan; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In Michigan
Michigan offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 40 days before an election.
Primary Elections In Michigan
Michigan has open non-presidential primaries. For presidential primaries, a voter must declare a political party when requesting a ballot – however, this is not considered a declaration of party affiliation and has no bearing on how a voter may vote in future primary elections. For all other primaries, voters will be issued a single ballot with all political parties and candidates listed, and voters may choose which party primary they would like to participate in. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Michigan
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Michigan. Valid forms of ID include:
- Michigan driver's license
- Michigan personal identification card
- Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state
- Federal or state government-issued photo ID
- U.S. passport
- Military ID with photo
- Student ID with photo—from a high school or accredited institution of higher education
- Tribal ID with photo
If you do not have an approved form of ID, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10. State ID cards are free to individuals who are 65 or older or who are blind. Cards are also free to those who have had driving privileges terminated due to a physical or mental disability. The fee can also be waived for individuals who present other good cause for a fee waiver.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can cast a ballot by signing an affidavit, and your ballot will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.
Additional Michigan Resources
Your State Election Official
Michigan Secretary of State
Phone number: 888.767.6424