Registering to Vote

Registering to Vote

Not sure if you are registered to vote? Visit michigan.gov/vote to confirm your voter registration, find your voting location, and view a sample ballot (feature available after logging in with voter information).

Before you can vote in any election, you must register. To register to vote you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age by election day
  • A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote

You can register to vote for federal, state and local elections by mail or by visiting your City Clerk’s office, or any of the 178 Secretary of State branch offices located throughout the state. In addition, specified agencies providing services through the Family Independence Agency, the Department of Community Health, and the Michigan Jobs Commission offer voter registration services to their clients. Also providing voter registration services are military recruitment centers.

You must register at least 30 days before the election. This gives the clerk time to process the forms and send you a Voter Identification Card.

Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote. If you move within a city or township, you must update your address. This can be handled through your local clerk, at your polling place on election day, at a Secretary of State branch office, or by mail.

A mail-in voter registration form can be downloaded from the State of Michigan, or by contacting your county or local clerk’s office. If you register by mail, you must vote in person at your assigned precinct the first time you vote, unless you are: Disabled as defined by state law; 60 years of age or older; Temporarily residing overseas.

If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.

You may also register at the same time you renew your driver license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the mail with their driver license renewal information.

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