Voting   F.A.Q.

Michigan Voters

MI Population 1
9,909,877
MI Registered Voterz 2
7,280,023
MI Voterz turnout 3
3,188,956

Sources:

1 POPULATION EST. — US Fed. Census Bureau

2 REGISTERED VOTERS — MI SOS Voter Info 11/2015

3 VOTER TURNOUT — MI SOS Voter Info 2014 Gubernatorial Election

 
Page Contents
  1. Who is Eligible to Vote?
  2. How/Where you Register to Vote?
  3. VOTING:
  4. Absentee, Military & Overseas:
  5. Misc.:
1. Who is Eligible to Vote?

You MUST be registered 30-days before any election in which you wish to vote.

Michigan uses the SAME address for BOTH driver's licenses & voter registration — the most-current address on file w/the state determines WHERE you vote

  • Age — 18 years old (by the date of the election in which you want to vote)
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Residency — resident of Michigan & of city you are registering to vote in.

PROBLEM: Students living away from home often have 2 addresses, but the state of MI only allows 1 address to be used for both your License & Voter Reg. & this “principal address” determines your polling location — where you vote.


SOLUTION: choose the primary/”principal” address close to where you actually reside & specify a separate mailing address :

  • Use your campus address, as your “principal” address — for voting purposes
  • Specify a different mailing address (parent’s home address, etc.) — for mail purposes


  • 1 FORM TO SET-UP BOTH:

  • First Time Voters & those w/Enhanced Driver’s License use…
    PDF form – Voter Registration & Separate Mailing address— can be done in-person (at an SOS branch), or by snail-mail
  • Returning Voters can use either…
    Online – Update your Voter Registration & Separate Mailing Addressif you have never voted, or have an Enchanced Driver’s License this option is not available online
  •  MI residents in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial ARE ELIGIBLE to vote.
  •   MI residents serving a sentence in jail or prison ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to vote.
  •  MI residents who have been released from jail or prison after serving out their sentence ARE ELIGIBLE to vote
  • — does NOT matter if you are on probation or parole.
  • Source: MI Election Law (Act 116 of 1954) — MCL 168.758b

2. How/Where you Register to Vote?

You MUST be registered 30-days before any election in which you wish to vote.

Michigan uses the SAME address for BOTH driver's licenses & voter registration
— the most-current address on file w/the state determines WHERE you vote.

Not sure if you're registered? Check online @ MI Voter Info Center

Register to vote in person

Register by mail

1. F.A.Q.
Frequently
asked
questions

  Not yet available in Michigan.
Direct links to states allowing online voter registration:
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut , Deleware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Washington

 If registering to vote in MI for the 1st time:

if registering by mail

clearly write your Driver’s License # or Personal ID # on form

or
attach a COPY of:
     • current & valid Photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, photo ID)
          or
     • paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement
          or
     • a government document that lists your name & address

&
mail this form to your corresponding city or county clerk; that is, the clerk’s office of the same city, township, or county where you also reside:

City Clerk – MUST live w/in the city limits of these offices:
Ann Arbor 301 E Huron St., Ann Arbor 48107-8647
Battle Creek 10 N. Division St. Room 111, Battle Creek 49014
Bay City 301 Washington Ave., Bay City 48708-5866
Dearborn 16901 Michigan Ave. Suite 11, Dearborn 48126-3586
Detroit 2978 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit 48202-3069
Dearborn Heights 6045 Fenton, Dearborn Heights 48127-3294
East Lansing 410 Abbott Rd., E. Lansing 48823-3388
Farmington Hills 31555 W. Eleven Mile Rd., Farmington Hills 48336-1165
Flint 1101 S. Saginaw, Flint 48502-1416
Grand Rapids 300 Monroe Ave., NW, Grand Rapids 49503-2281
Hamtramck 3401 Evaline St., Hamtramck 48212
Kalamazoo 241 W. South St., Kalamazoo 49007-4796
Lansing 124 W. Michigan, Lansing 48933-1694
Lincoln Park 1355 Southfield Rd., Lincoln Park 48146-2380
Livonia 33000 Civic Center Dr., Livonia 48154-3097
Pontiac 47450 Woodward, Pontiac 48342-2271
Roseville P.O. Box 290, Roseville 48066-0290
Royal Oak 211 Williamst St., Royal Oak 48068-0064
Saginaw 1315 S. Washington, Saginaw 48601-2599
St. Clair Shores 27600 Jefferson Cr. Dr., St. Clair Shores 48081-2093
Southfield 26000 Evergreen Rd. PO Box 2055, Southfield 48076-4453
Sterling Heights 40555 Utica Rd., PO Box 8009, Sterling Heights 48311-8009
Taylor 23555 Goddard, Taylor 48180-4117
Troy 500 W. Big Beaver, Troy 48084-5285
Warren One City Square Suite 205, Warren 48093-2393
Westland 36300 Warren Rd., Westland 48185-22016
Wyoming 1155 28th St. SW, Wyoming 49509-2825
If you cannot find your city or township listed in City Clerk addresses – mail your form to address of county where you reside:

Alcona 106 5th St., P. O. Box 308, Harrisville 48740-0308
Alger 101 Court St. PO Box 538, Munising 49862-1196
Allegan 113 Chestnut St., Allegan 49010-1350
Alpena 720 Chisholm St., Alpena 49707-2488
Antrim P.O. Box 520, Bellaire 49615-0520
Arenac 120 N Grove PO Box 747, Standish 48658-0747
Baraga 2 S Main St., L’anse 49946-1026
Barry 220 W. State St., Hastings 49058-1462
Bay 515 Center St. Suite 101, Bay City 48708-4280
Benzie 448 Court Place, Beulah 49617-9518
Berrien 811 Port St., St. Joseph 49085-1198
Branch 31 Division St., Coldwater 49036-1990
Calhoun 315 W. Green St., Marshall 49068-1585
Cass 120 N Broadway, Cassopolis 49031-0355
Charlevoix 203 Antrim St., Charlevoix 49720-1397
Cheboygan 870 S Main St. PO Box 70, Cheboygan 49721-0070
Chippewa 319 Court St., Sault Ste Marie 49783-2194
Clare 225 W Main St. PO Box 438, Harrison 48625-0438
Clinton 100 E. State St. Ste 2600, St. Johns 48879
Crawford 200 W. Michigan, Grayling 49738-1798
Delta 310 Ludington St., Escanaba 49829-4057
Dickinson 705 S Stephenson PO Box 609, Iron Mountain 49801-0609
Eaton 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte 48813-1095
Emmet 200 Division St., Petoskey 49770-2444
Genesee 1101 Beach St., Flint 48502-1428
Gladwin 401 W. Cedar Ave., Gladwin 49624-2088
Gogebic 200 N. Moore, Bessemer 49911-1052
Grand Traverse 400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City 49684-2577
Gratiot 214 E. Center, Suite 16, Ithaca 48847-1446
Hillsdale 29 N. Howell St., Hillsdale 49242-1698
Houghton 401 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton 49931-2099
Huron 250 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe 48413-1386
Ingham P.O. Box 179, Mason 48854-0179
Ionia 100 Main St., Ionia 48846-1697
Iosco P.O. Box 838, Tawas City 48764-0838
Iron 2 S 6th St., Crystal Falls 49920-1495
Isabella 200 N. Main St., Mt Pleasant 48858-2393
Jackson 312 S. Jackson St., Jackson 49201-1315
Kalamazoo 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo 49007-3777
Kalkaska 605 N. Birch St., Kalkaska 49646-8414
Kent 300 Monroe NW., Grand Rapids 49503-2288
Keweenaw 5095 4th St., Eagle River 49950-9624
Lake 800 Tenth St. – Suite 200, Baldwin 49304-7971
Lapeer 255 Clay St., Lapeer 48446-2298
Leelanau 8527 E Government Ctr Dr Ste 103, Suttons Bay 49682
Lenawee 425 N. Main St., Adrian 49221-2198
Livingston 200 E. Grand River, Howell 48843-2399
Luce 407 W. Harrie St., Newberry 49868-1299
Mackinac 100 S. Marley St. Room 10, St. Ignace 49781-1491
Macomb 40 N. Main St., Mt Clemens 48043-5661
Manistee 415 3rd St., Manistee 49660-1606
Marquette 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette 49855-4782
Mason 304 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington 49431-2121
Mecosta 400 Elm St., Big Rapids 49307-1849
Menominee 839 10th Ave., Menominee 49858-3000
Midland 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland 48640-5194
Missaukee 111 S Canal St PO Box 800, Lake City 49651-0800
Monroe 106 E. 1st. St., Monroe 48161-2185
Montcalm 211 W Main St PO Box 368, Stanton 48888-0368
Montmorency 12265 M-32 W PO Box 789, Atlanta 49709-0789
Muskegon 990 Terrace St., Muskegon 49442-3378
Newaygo 1087 Newell PO Box 885, White Cloud 49349-0885
Oakland 1200 N. Telegraph Bldg 12E, Pontiac 48341-0413
Oceana 100 State St., Suite 1, Hart 49420
Ogemaw 806 W. Houghton Ave., West Branch 48661-1215
Ontonagon 725 Greenland Rd., Ontonagon 49953-1492
Osceola 301 W. Upton, Reed City 49677-1149
Oscoda 311 Morenci Ave. PO Box 399, Mio 48647-0399
Otsego 225 W. Main St., Gaylord 49735-1393
Ottawa 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive 49460-8986
Presque Isle P.O. Box 110, Rogers City 49779-0110
Roscommon 500 Lake St., Roscommon 48653
Saginaw 111 S. Michigan, Saginaw 48602-2086
Sanilac 60 W. Sanilac, Sandusky 48471-1094
Schoolcraft 300 Walnut, Manistique 49854-1487
Shiawassee 208 N. Shiawassee, Corunna 48817-1491
St. Clair 201 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron 48060-4082
St. Joseph 125 W Main St PO Box 189, Centreville 49032-0189
Tuscola 440 N. State St., Caro 48723-1592
Van Buren 212 Paw Paw, Paw Paw 49079-1496
Washtenaw 200 N Main St, Ann Arbor 48104-1413
Wayne 2 Woodward Ave, Room 502, Detroit 48226-3463
Wexford 437 E. Division, Cadillac 49601-1905

If registering in person

bring valid ID (e.g., driver’s license, photo ID) to any of the following:
          or
     • Secretary of State branches
          or
     • your City, County, or Township Clerk (addresses listed above in yellow tabs)
          or
     • Dept. of Community Health offices
          or
     • MI Family Independence Agencies
          or
     • MI Jobs Commission offices
          or
     • some BSBP (Bureau of Services for Blind Persons) offices
          or
     • Military Recruitment offices – for persons enlisting in the armed forces

NOTE: If you have never voted in MI and choose to register by mail,
        you MUST appear in person (to your respective polling place)
      &nbsp for the 1st election you vote in.

 If you move or change your name:

updating your info online

update @ExpressSOS (FYI: free service)

NOTE: CANNOT COMPLETE ONLINE IF, you’re updating an Enhanced Driver’s License or Enhanced State ID MUST be done in person or by mail

updating your info in person

if changing only address:
         • bring your Driver’s License or State ID card

if updating a name change:
        • bring your Driver’s License or State ID
&
    • proof of name change (e.g., certified marriage license, divorce decree or a legal name change doc.)

updating your info by mail

fill out this form (BOTH Section A & Section B)
&
mail to:

Michigan Department of State
PO Box 30764
Lansing, MI 48909-8264
or
IF YOU MOVE WITHIN THE SAME CITY or TOWNSHIP where you are currently registered to vote:
         • send either a notice or a signed letter indicating your OLD & NEW address
          to the address of the clerk listed on the front of your Voter Registration Card
Jacqueline Beaudry, would be your city clerk, in this example – you would mail a notice or signed letter to:

Jacqueline Beaudry, City Clerk
CITY OF ANN ARBOR
301 E. HURON ST
ANN ARBOR, MI 48107


Michigan Voter Registration Card Example

NOTE: Enhanced Driver’s License & Enhanced State ID’s MUST be processed in person at Secretary of State branches or by mail.

Direct link to verify online at MI’s Sec. of State website using either
  •   Name, DOB, & Address
  • or
  •   DOB & Driver’s License #
Eligibility Requirements:

  •   U.S. Citizen
  • &
  •   at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • &
  •   Michigan resident
  • &
  •   resident of city/township you’re applying to register to vote
  • &
  •   must be registered at least 30 days before election date
  • &
  •   cannot be serving a sentence in jail or prison (more info on next tab)


NOTE: The same address must be used for BOTH voter registration & driver’s license purposes.
By MI law, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a driver’s license (or a personal ID card) issued by the state, the Sec. of State will automatically change your driver’s license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on your voter reg. form. If a change is made, the Sec. of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver’s license or personal ID card.


More info avail. @MI’s Sec. of State

MI residents in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial
ARE ELIGIBLE to vote.


MI residents who are serving a sentence in jail or prison
ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to vote.

MI residents who have been released from jail or prison after serving out their sentence ARE ELIGIBLE to vote, without restriction; that is, even if they are on probation or parole.

NOTE: the above are inclusive of both misdemeanors & felonies;
MI makes no distinction w/regards to voting eligibility.


Source: MI Election Law (Act 116 of 1954) Michigan Legislature – MCL 168.758b