- Location: Michigan
Voter Registration in Michigan
The well-being of democracies, regardless of their type and status, is dependent on one small, technical detail: the right to vote. Everything else is secondary.
―Jose Ortega y Gasset
One of the primary functions of Michigan's Secretary of State is to oversee statewide elections and to register voters. The department takes its charge seriously and has worked diligently in recent years to make it easier for citizens to participate in the democratic process.
Michigan's requirements to register to vote pretty much mirror the rest of the country. To register you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a resident of Michigan and have resided at least 30 days in your city or township by election day. That allows the clerk time to process your application and to send you your voter identification card. If you move to a new city or township, you'll need to reregister to vote.
- Be 18 years old by election day.
- Not be confined in a jail after being convicted and sentenced.
There are a variety of options for how you can register. If you've just moved to Michigan and are in the process of changing your driver's license, the clerk at the Secretary of State branch office will ask if you'd like to register to vote as well. You can also register when you renew your driver's license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application with their driver's license renewal information.
Michigan voter registration also can be done at your city or township clerk's office, and at the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health, and the Department of Career Development. Many military recruitment centers also will sign up voters.
You can also register by mail by downloading a registration form from the Secretary of State. Return the form to your local clerk. If you register by mail, you will need to provide a copy of your current and valid photo identification (such as a driver license or personal ID card) or a copy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement, or government document that lists your name and address. If you deliver your application by hand, no identification will be required.
Of course, even if you are registered and you know where to vote, you might be a little unsure if the ballots you'll be using will be familiar―or if you'll leave the polls wondering if you've just hung a chad. No problem. The Secretary of State offers a guide to the voting equipment you'll use in your assigned polling place.Other Topics in This SectionArticles