Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson assures Michigan voters they can vote safely in the presidential election, Nov. 3. Make your voice heard at the local, state and national levels. Here is the information you need to know to be ready to vote.
Know your rights
Registration: Michiganders can register to vote up to and on Election Day until 8 p.m. They can do so online or by mail until two weeks before the election. After Oct. 19, they must register in person at their city or township clerk’s office.
Vote from Home: Voting from home is a right all Michigan voters have as a result of the constitutional amendment passed by voters in November 2018 that no longer requires a reason to cast an “absent voter” ballot. Voting from home is a safe way to vote and protect your health, and the process is secure.
Make a plan to vote
Make your plan to vote in the November 3 general election. Voters with a Michigan driver’s license or ID may apply online for an absent voter ballot. They may also obtain an application online or from their clerk. Get information on how to register to vote, applying to vote from home, requesting absent voter ballots, and voting early at Michigan.gov/Vote.
Voters with qualifying disabilities may apply for an accessible electronic ballot that can be marked remotely, printed and returned to the clerk.
If your application is received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election (Oct. 30), your clerk will mail you a ballot. However, within two weeks of Election Day (after Oct. 19), due to possible U.S. Postal Service delays, voters should apply in person at their local clerk’s office.
Get personalized voting info
Check your registration status; view a sample ballot; find your clerk, drop box or polling place; track your absent voter ballot; and get other personalized voter information at Michigan.gov/Vote. You can also find out if your jurisdiction has a ballot drop box!
Fill out your absent voter ballot at home
Fill out your ballot with a blue or black pen, marking all your choices by completely darkening the box next to them. Place your completed ballot into the secrecy sleeve, and then place the closed secrecy sleeve into the return envelope. SIGN THE BACK OF THE ENVELOPE. Your vote will not be counted unless your signature is on the back of the envelope.
Return your ballot
You have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Within two weeks of Election Day (after Oct. 19), due to possible U.S. Postal Service delays, instead of mailing their ballot, voters should deliver it to their clerk’s office or a ballot drop box.
Vote in person
Vote early, beginning 40 days prior to Election Day (Sept. 24), by visiting your clerk’s office. There you can fill out an absent voter ballot application, receive your ballot, fill it out and return it – all in one visit. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will be in place.
On Election Day, you can vote in-person at your polling place. Social distancing and hygiene protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of election workers and voters. Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Find your polling place at Michigan.gov/Vote.
Election information and security
Michigan uses paper ballots, which is the most secure way to conduct elections, as they can be audited and recounted. Learn more about the best practices Michigan has implemented to protect our elections at Michigan.gov/ElectionSecurity.
Election misinformation, whether intentional or not, can confuse and even deter voters. The Michigan Bureau of Elections asks any residents who see evidence of this to report it by emailing [email protected] or by calling 517-285-9771.