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Michigan

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

November 8, 2022

Michigan General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 24, 2022
  • In-person request by: November 8, 2022
  • Online request by: October 24, 2022
Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Request Deadline
  • Post received: November 4, 2022
  • Received in-person by: November 4, 2022
  • Online request received by: November 4, 2022
Completed Absentee (Mail-in) Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: Starts 40 days before Election Day

Helpful Resources

Register
to vote

Check if you are registered

What's on your
ballot

Absentee (Mail-in) Voting

All registered voters in Michigan can vote using an absentee ballot. You don’t need an excuse or a reason. You can vote by absentee ballot through the mail, without leaving your home. You can also go to your city or township clerk’s office or drop box to return your absentee ballot.

Within two weeks of election day, to avoid possible postal delays, we recommend making your request in person at your local city or township clerk office. You’ll be able to fill out and submit your ballot while there.

  • Online – Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online through our absentee voter request form before 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
  • Call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you
  • Download an application to return by mail or in person to your local city or township clerk
  • In person at your local city or township clerk’s office

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Early Voting

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local election clerk’s office during the 40 days before an upcoming election. On Election Day, registered voters must vote at their local polling place. Unregistered voters must go to their clerk’s office to register and vote there or at their polling place.

Language Services

Michigan offers translated resources on voting in multiple languages, including Bengali, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.

See translated resources here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. 

Find your polling location.

Voter ID Requirements

You will be asked to show ID when you check in to vote. If you don’t have one, you can still vote.

If this happens, expect a poll worker to ask you to sign a form before you vote that explains you didn’t have an ID. Your ballot will be included with all others and counted on Election Day.

ID types you can use to check in are:

  • Michigan driver’s license or state ID
  • Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification
  • U.S. passport
  • Military ID with photo
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
  • Tribal identification card with photo

Click here for more information on voter ID in Michigan

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Areas in Michigan covered by Section 203 (AANHPI Languages):

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.