Election & Voting Information Topics
To register to vote you must be:
A U.S. citizen
At least 18 years of age by election day
A resident of Michigan and the city, township, or village where you are applying to register to vote
Where to Register
You can register to vote for federal, state and local elections by mail, by visiting your county, city, township or village clerk’s office or going to any Secretary of State branch. In addition, specified agencies providing services through the Family Independence Agency, Department of Community Health, Michigan Jobs Commission, and military recruitment centers offer voter registration services to their clients.
You must register at least 30 days before the election.
Whenever you move to a new location which is a different district than where you moved from you must re-register to vote. If you move within the same district you must update your address with your local clerk, at your polling place on election day, at a Secretary of State Office or by mail.
A mail-in voter registration form can be obtained by contacting your county or local clerk’s office.
If you register by mail, you must vote in person at your assigned precinct the first time you vote, unless you are:
Handicapped as defined by state law
60 years of age or older
Temporarily residing overseas
If you are temporarily outside the U.S., you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
You may also register at the same time you renew your driver license by mail. Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the mail with their driver license renewal information.