Last Updated: 8/12/20
Michigan COVID-19 Election Information:
Vote.org Michigan Election Center: information and deadlines for absentee voting, early voting, and election day
To update registration after a move or name change, use the voter registration form. If you update your driver’s license address, this will be automatically updated.
Voter registration can be cancelled upon written notice to the city/township clerk.
Michigan does not offer online registration.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but if you have not voted in Michigan before you will need to meet an identification requirement. This can be met by entering your state issued driver license number or personal ID card number on the voter registration form
In Person Registration
If you hand-deliver your application to the city/township clerk’s office, the staff person helping you will take your form and you don't need to do anything else.
By law, every Michigan voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that they are not in possession of picture identification.
If you do not have photo ID, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit. The affidavit can be used by:
Once you sign the affidavit, you may cast your ballot. It will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.
Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
Federal (even years)
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
State (even years)
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
State Supreme Court (2 seats)
Statewide ballot measures
State Board of Education (2 seats)
University of Michigan Board of Regents (2 seats)
Wayne State University Board of Governors (2 seats)
School Board and other boards and commissions
Town or County Clerk
Local ballot measures
Election Day is November 3, 2020
Dates of municipal elections can be found on the Secretary of State site
Michigan does not have a Voter Bill of Rights
The Department of State can field complaints about Campaign Finance violations
The Campaign Finance Disclosure site from the Secretary of State provides access to candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
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