Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: Received or postmarked by the 15th day before Election Day.

  • You may also register in-person through Election Day at your municipal clerk’s office. Proof of residence is required if registering on or after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day. You CANNOT register to vote at a polling place.

  • Online voter registration has not yet been implemented. This guide will be updated once this online tool is made available.



  • Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: February 24

  • Presidential Primary Election: March 10

  • Primary Election (Other Offices) Registration Deadline: July 20

  • Primary Election (Other Offices): August 4

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 19

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

If you are registering on or before the 15th day before Election Day, then no ID is required. Michigan’s voter registration form asks for your Michigan driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. If you register on or after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day, then you need to provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill or bank account statement with your name and residential address.

Election workers will ask you for a photo ID, but if you do not have one, you will sign an affidavit that you do not have ID or don’t have it on you and vote a ballot that will be counted on Election Day. Bring your photo ID if you have it because it will make the process faster. Acceptable IDs include:

  • a driver’s license or identification card issued by Michigan or another state,

  • a U.S. passport,

  • a photo ID issued by a federal or state government,

  • a military ID with photo,

  • a high school or college photo ID, or

  • a tribal ID with photo.


If you want to register and vote at the same time on or after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day, then you need to also supply proof of residence, such as a utility bill or bank account statement with your name and residential address.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.michigan.gov/vote

By Mail or Early In-Person

  • Any registered voter can now vote absentee by mail or early in person at a municipal clerk’s office WITHOUT any excuse or reason.

  • Request forms for absentee ballot must be received in writing by your local election official by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.

  • Completed ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk’s office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.

  • A voter may request and cast an absentee ballot at a municipal clerk’s office beginning 45 days before an election through Election Day. Hours may vary from normal business hours on Saturday and Sunday, but they will be open for at least 8 hours on both days.


Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Michigan affect my driver’s license or car registration? 

  • The residential address you use for MI voter registration will be the same as the address for your MI driver’s license or state ID. Submitting a change for a MI driver’s license or state ID address will be applied to your MI voter registration and vice versa.  This does not apply to those with driver’s license or state ID’s from a state other than Michigan.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019