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Election Information

How to register to vote? How to vote absentee? ...and more

The Ultimate Election Tool Find the facts about voting in Michigan at Vote 411 is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and Michigan -specific information. Before an election, find your polling place.

Impact of Proposition 3

In the General Election of November 6, 2018, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 3, thereby effecting major changes in the state's election laws.

As chief election officer, the Michigan Secretary of State is responsible for implementing those changes. New forms have been and are being designed and made available for use in upcoming elections.

In the interim, you are encouraged to find the current information and forms on the Michigan Secretary of State's website:

There, among other information, you will find information and forms for registering to vote: the first step in a process central to effective functioning of our democracy.

Amendments to Michigan Constitution

Amendments to the Michigan Constitution approved by voters in 2018 will result in significant changes to Michigan's voting rights and procedures. Among them are
  • The right to register to vote by mail until 15 days before an election;
  • The right to register to vote in person at the office of the clerk of one's city or township until 8:00 p.m. on election day;
  • The right of all registered voters to vote absentee without needing to provide a reason; and
  • The right to vote a straight party ticket.

Forms and information will be provided as they become available, before elections.

Voters Guide to the Redistricting Commission

In November 2018, Michigan voters approved ballot Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment to "establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Mic Representatives and U.S. Congress every 10 years." Under the new law, an independent commission of citizens will draw district lines for the Michigan Legislature and Michigan's members of Congress. A citizen's guide to this process can be found here and a timeline for this process can be found here

Tips for College Students

Voting can often be a challenge for college students living away from home. If you are a student or a parent you may find this page Voting for College Students on the Michigan League website helpful.

Michigan Secretary of State Information and Forms