Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
no Deadline to Register – michigan offers same day registration
Link to Application: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
Update Registration Here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/RegisterVoter
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for advance mail ballot application: Must be received by October 31, 2020
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
Mail Ballots may be mailed or delivered by hand to your local clerk’s office on or before Election Day.
Find Your Local Clerk: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
Track Mail Ballot Here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot: Must be postmarked and received on or before Election day november 3, 2020
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
Michigan has a surrender law. It also is a same-day registration state. Both are pro-voter.
As Jen Ben Dor, a former election official and executive director of the Michigan Election Reform Alliance explained:
“Michigan Election Law allows a voter to surrender the AV [absentee voter] ballot at the polling place and vote in person, or to come to the polls and sign an affidavit that the AV ballot never arrived, was damaged in the mail, eaten by the dog, etc. This is no big deal. The election workers can see that the voter was sent an AV ballot in both the printed precinct list and the e-pollbook list.
“A person who registers to vote at the Clerk's office on Election Day must vote in person at the polls unless disabled, or some emergency occurs, in which case an emergency AV ballot will be delivered to the hospital room by a sworn assistant. I have actually done this when a voter has had a car accident, baby, heart attack.
4. Early voting information
- In-person early voting is not available. Michigan Voters can cast absentee ballots beginning 45 days prior to Election Day. These ballots are tabulated on Election Day.
- Officials will make at least one location available in each city and township. In addition, the clerk has the authority to provide for in-person absentee voting at satellite locations. Locations must be available at a minimum, during regular business hours and for at least eight hours during the Saturday and Sunday preceding an election.
- Michigan does have a voter identification requirement at the polls. Voters are asked to present an acceptable photo ID such as a Michigan driver’s license or identification card. Please note that voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID or failed to bring it with them to the polls still can vote. They simply sign a brief affidavit stating that they’re not in possession of a photo ID. Their ballots are included with all others and counted on Election Day.
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.michigan.gov/sos or call the bureau of Elections to set up an appointment 517.335.3234.
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if over 18) in their county
Contact your county election office: