Voting Guide

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

You may also register in-person through Election Day at your municipal clerk’s office. For more information, visit: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Home/RegisterToVote/ 


  • Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline (online or by mail): June 18

  • Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline (in person): July 19

  • Primary Election: August 2

  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline (online or by mail): October 24

  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline (in person): October 25

  • General Election: November 8

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Online voter registration requires your Michigan driver’s license or state ID number. 

Michigan’s mail-in 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 after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day, then you must register to vote at your city or town clerk’s office and you’ll need to provide proof of residence. A digital copy of a document may be used. 

Acceptable proof of residency documents include: a driver’s license or state ID card, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck or government check, or another government document.

If voting in-person, you will be asked to present a photo ID. Your photo ID does not need to include your home address. If you do not have a photo ID, you can sign an affidavit and vote a ballot that will be counted on Election Day. 

Acceptable IDs include:

  • Driver’s license or identification card issued by Michigan or another state

  • U.S. passport

  • Photo ID issued by a federal or state government

  • Military ID with photo

  • High school, college or university photo ID

  • Tribal ID with photo

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours or check your absentee ballot status at: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index

By Mail or Early In-Person

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

Absentee ballot request forms must be received in writing by your local election official by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.

If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request and vote an absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk’s office up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election.

If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request and vote an absentee ballot at the same time you register.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by your municipal clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

You can return your completed absentee ballot by mailing it to your municipal clerk’s office, dropping it off at the clerk’s office in person, or using a drop box in your jurisdiction. Find your municipal clerk's office and a list of drop box locations at: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index/#yourclerk

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 Michigan voter registration will be the same as the address for your Michigan driver’s license or state ID. Submitting a change for a Michigan driver’s license or state ID address will be applied to your Michigan voter registration and vice versa. This does not apply to those with driver’s license or state IDs 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