Voter Registration Deadline: Received or postmarked by the 30th day before Election Day
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
- No ID is required
- If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID, put down the license or ID number on the registration form.
- If you do not have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID, put down the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
Register at School or Home?
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
- Students attending college in Michigan may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
- Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in Michigan or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
- 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.
Where Do I Vote?
- Polling place locator: www.michigan.gov/vote.
- Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!
How Can I Vote?
Absentee Voting by Mail or In Person
- If you registered to vote in Michigan by mail or third-party registration drive and have not previously voted in the state, you will be required to vote in person on Election Day (or cast an absentee ballot in person at a municipal clerk’s office – see below). If you registered in person (at a municipal clerk’s office or Secretary of State’s office), you can vote absentee. Michigan only allows exceptions for this rule for active duty military, voters over age 60, or voters suffering from a disability. First-time voters only complete an “in-person” registration (such that they can vote absentee if they choose) if they register with the municipal clerk’s office for the address they list on the registration form or if they register at the Secretary of State’s office.
- Michigan residents may apply for an absentee ballot if they have a valid reason. Valid reasons include expecting to be out of town on Election Day, being at least 60 years old, unable to vote without assistance at the polls, in jail awaiting arraignment or trial, religious reasons, or appointment as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your own.
- Requests for absentee ballots must be received in writing by your local election official by 2 p.m. the Saturday 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 up until the day before Election Day.
- Since it occurs in person, first-time voters may take advantage of this, even if they did not register in person.
On Election Day at the PollsThe polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Will voting in Michigan affect my federal financial aid?
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants and Perkins or Stafford loans or your dependency status regarding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Does being an out-of-state student for tuition purposes affect my right to vote in my college community?
Will I lose my scholarship if I register to vote in Michigan?