It’s an election year – and a big one at that! This year, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for a number of officials and initiatives, including Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Congress, both the state House and Senate, and a number of local offices, judicial positions, and ballot measures.

After the 2020 Census, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission drew new Congressional and legislative districts, so be aware that your districts have changed.

You can check your voter registration, see a sample ballot, find your polling place, view absentee ballot information and more at, or via your local clerk’s office.

This mailer outlines everything you’ll need to know to about registering to vote and the various ways you can cast your ballot.

Make sure your voice is heard – register and vote!

And don’t hesitate to reach out if my office can be of assistance. You can reach us via email at or by phone at (517) 373-2523.

Working for you,

Mallory McMorrow
State Senator
District 13

Phone: (855) DIST013 or (855) 347-8013
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To Vote

Simply show up at your assigned polling place on Election Day.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.


Your Voter Identification Card lists your precinct number and the location of your assigned polling place. If you do not receive your card within three weeks after registering, contact your city or township clerk’s office to confirm your registration status. You can also check your voting status online at the Michigan Voter Information Center at

Voter ID Requirement

When you arrive at your polling place to vote, state law requires you to either show a picture ID or sign an affidavit attesting that you are not in possession of a picture ID.

You can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. If you do not possess either document, you may show any of the following forms of picture ID if it is current:

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


Online registration deadline: 15 days before Election Day. Mail registration deadline: Must be postmarked 15 days before the election.

In-person registration deadline: Within 14 days of the election, up to and including Election Day (by 8 p.m. that day), you can register to vote at your city or township clerk’s office. You must provide documentation (driver’s license or state ID, utility bill, bank statement, or other government documents) that proves your address.


You can register to vote for federal, state, and local elections by mail, at your county, city, or township clerk’s office, by visiting any Secretary of State office, or online at

You may also register at the same time you renew your driver’s license by mail. Eligible drivers will receive a voter registration application in the mail along with their driver’s license renewal information.

Voter ID Requirement

If you are registering to vote in person, state law requires you to show a picture ID or sign an affidavit attesting to your identity and that you are not currently in possession of a picture ID. See the “Voter ID Requirement” section located inside this brochure.

Change of Address

If you move within a city or township, you must update your address, as your precinct may have changed. This can be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State branch, online at, by mail or at any other location where voter registrations are accepted. Whenever you move to a new city or township, you must re-register to vote.

Voters must use the same residential address for their voter registration and driver’s license. When you submit a driver’s license address change, it will be applied to your voter registration. Similarly, when you submit a voter registration address change, it will be applied to your driver’s license, and you will be mailed a sticker to put on the back of your license.

To register to vote, you must be
A U.S. Citizen | At least 18 years old by Election Day

A resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying to register to vote

Voters Who Require Voting Assistance

Special accommodations are available for voters who are disabled.

If you require voting assistance, ask the election workers for help; a reason for assistance does not have to be stated. Two inspectors will assist you in the voting station.

An elector who is blind, disabled, or unable to read or write may be assisted with their ballot by any person of the voter’s choice other than the voter’s employer or agent of that employer, or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter belongs.

A voter-assisted terminal is available for use by voters who are disabled. This ballot-marking device is designed to independently permit voters who are disabled to vote or cast a ballot without the assistance of another person.

For more information, contact your city or township clerk. Hearing-impaired residents may contact the Bureau of Elections at (800) 292-5973, or by calling the Michigan Relay Center toll-free at (844) 578-6563.

Voters in the Military and Outside the United States

A Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form can be used to register. The FPCA form is available online at from the Federal Voting Assistance Program and is 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 they reestablish residency here.

Absentee Ballot

All registered voters can vote using an absentee ballot, for any reason, no questions asked. You can vote through the mail without leaving your home. If you want to avoid the Election Day rush at the polls, you can go to your local clerk’s office and request a ballot and vote on the spot. Basically, you can vote on your own terms.

Voting by Absentee Ballot

To vote absentee, you must turn in an absentee ballot application to your clerk. You can find an application at your local clerk’s office by visiting them or by calling to request one by mail. You can also request an absentee ballot online through the online absentee voter request form or download an application to return by mail or in-person.

Send the completed application to your city or township clerk. Find contact information for your city or township clerk online at the Michigan Voter Information Center at

Emergency Absentee Ballots

If an emergency, like a sudden illness or family death, prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee voter ballot.

Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absentee voter ballots has passed, but before 4 p.m. on Election Day.

The emergency must have occurred at a time which made it impossible for you to apply for a regular absentee voter ballot. Please contact your local clerk for more information about emergency absentee voter ballots.

Absentee Voters in the Military and Outside the U.S.

A Federal Postcard Application also can be used to apply for an absentee ballot if you are a military voter, a spouse or dependent of a military voter, or outside the U.S. The law also permits such voters to receive their ballot electronically via email or fax. For more information, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program at or the Michigan Bureau of Elections at