How to register to vote in Michigan

Ken Haddad
Ken Haddad
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You can register to vote through Election Day

Some clerk’s offices have opened satellite offices for voter registration. You must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of any document. Acceptable documents include:

  • Michigan driver’s license or State ID card
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or government check
  • Other government document

After registering, you can vote an absent voter ballot at the clerk’s office or you can vote at your polling place on Election Day.

Military and overseas civilian voters have additional options to register. For more information, visit this page.

To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

Check to see if you are registered.

If you are already registered, your voting record has links to:

  • Your sample ballot
  • Your polling place address for voting on Election Day
  • Tracking the status of your absentee ballot
  • How to contact your clerk

Step 1:  
You Must Be...

A US citizen

A Michigan citizen

A citizen of the town where you're registering

At least 18 years old

Step 2:  
Fill Out Application

Obtain an application at one of many locations, and fill it out.


Step 3: 
Submit Application

Hand-deliver or mail in application.

If never registered to vote in Michigan and choose to mail in application, remember to include identification information.

Step 4:  
Clerk Mails Voter Card

Card will show location where to cast ballot.

Step 5: 

Present acceptable photo ID at polls or sign an affidavit if no photo ID is available.

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