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This page has information relating to voting in Michigan. For full information contact your state election agency.


Michigan uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.

To vote in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • 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.

When and where

Voters must register at least 28 days prior to an election. You can register to vote by mail, at the county, city, or township clerk's office, or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, Michigan is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. Michigan has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. SB 28 was introduced to the Michigan Senate on January 16, 2013.[2]

Voting on election day

Each voter must show a photo ID. Your photo ID does not need to have your address on it. Voters without photo ID may sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of photo identification.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Michigan, all polls will be open in the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central and Eastern times.[4]

Absentee voting


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:[5]

  • You are 60 years old or older.
  • You are unable to vote without assistance at the polls.
  • You are expecting to be out of town on Election Day.
  • You are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • You are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • You are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.


To vote absentee a request must be received by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before the election. The ballot must then be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

There is no early voting in Michigan.

See also

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