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
- Be a resident of Michigan and the city or township where you’re applying to register to vote for at least 30 days before the election
- 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. If you’re registering by any other method (mail/online/etc.), you must register to vote at least 15 days before the election you wish to vote in.
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/etc.
You can pre-register to vote in Michigan if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Michigan does restore the right to vote upon completion of sentence.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Michigan
Where To Vote In Michigan
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote by mail/absentee in Michigan.
Early Voting In Michigan
Michigan offers in-person absentee voting. No excuse is needed. Absentee voting begins 45 days prior to election and ends the day before the election. 5 PM on the Friday before the election is the latest to request a ballot by mail, but an absentee ballot may be requested in person until 4 PM on the day before the election and must be submitted to the clerk’s office by 8 PM on Election Day.
Primary Elections In Michigan
Michigan has open primaries for elections that are not presidential. For presidential primaries, a party must be declared -- however, this is not considered a declaration of party affiliation. For all other primaries, you can vote on either side of the ballot, but once you place a vote you have to stay on that side. 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
A voter who does not possess either of the above may show any of the following, as long as they are current:
- 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. 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