Register to vote


You have the right to register to vote and vote up to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

To register or update your voter registration for the November 3 general election, you must go to your city or township clerk's office as soon as possible, but no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can vote during the same visit. Here is what you need to bring with you.

Please read the information below to learn more.



What is the process for registering to vote in Michigan?

To learn about registering to vote in Michigan, watch this short video.


I’ve moved. Do I have to update my registration?

If you move to a new city or township, you must re-register. If you move within a city or township and are already registered to vote, you only need to update your address with the city/township clerk.


How do I register to vote or update my information online?

You have the right to register to vote and vote anytime up to 8 p.m. on Election Day. But to update your voter registration for the November 3 general election, you must go to your city or township clerk's office as soon as possible, but no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can vote during the same visit. Here is what you need to bring with you.

If you have a valid Michigan driver's license or state ID you can use the online form to register to vote or update your voter registration address in Michigan, but you will not be able to vote in the upcoming general election on November 3, 2020.


How do I register to vote from October 20 through Election Day?

You can register to vote and vote in person up until and on Election Day at your city or township clerk’s office. We encourage you to register and vote early if you can. You must be in your city or township clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020 in order to register and vote in the general election.

Find your local city or township clerk.

You’ll need to bring your proof of eligibility and residency.

Proof of eligibility:

To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

Proof of residency:

You must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • Michigan driver’s license or state ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or government check
  • Other government document


What’s the deadline to register?

You can register at any time up to 8 p.m. on Election Day at your city or township clerk’s office. You will also be able to vote while at your clerk’s office, and we encourage you to register and vote early if you can. Here is what you need to bring with you.

If you’re registering another way, in order to vote in the November 3, 2020 election, your completed voter registration application must be received or postmarked by October 19, 2020.


How do I register to vote?

Voter registration is a 5-step process in Michigan. Click the links below to learn more about each step.

Note: Military and overseas civilian voters have additional options to register. Learn about military and overseas civilian voters.


Step 1: Verify you are eligible
Step 2: Fill out an application
Step 3: Submit your application
Step 4: City/township clerk processes application
Step 5: You are registered!


Step 1: Verify you are eligible

Proof of eligibility: To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

You can register when you are 17.5 years old, but you can’t vote until you’re 18.

Proof of residency if registering within two weeks of Election: If you register within 14 days of Election Day, you must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • Michigan driver’s license or state ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or government check
  • Other government document


Step 2: Fill out an application

For the November 3, 2020 general election, you must register to vote in person at your local city or township clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. You will also be able to vote while at your clerk’s office, and we encourage you to register and vote early if you can. Here is what you need to bring with you.


Step 3: Submit your application

Submitting your application online:

To submit your application online, visit the online voter registration section of this website.

Submitting your application in person:

To register to vote in person at the clerk's office, be sure to bring proof of residency.

Submitting your application via mail:

If you have never registered to vote in Michigan and choose to mail in your application, you will need to verify your identity by including the following:

  • Your Michigan driver's license or state ID number where requested on the form. OR
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number where requested on the form. OR
  • Send a copy (not an original document) of ONE of the following forms of identification with your application:
    • A photocopy of your Michigan driver's license or state ID, or
    • A photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank document or government document that lists both your name and your address.


Step 4: City/township clerk processes application

Your city or township clerk will send you a voter registration card upon processing your application. Keep it in your wallet or purse so you know where to go to cast your ballot. For directions and a map to your polling place, visit Michigan.gov/Vote.


Step 5: You’re registered

You’re all registered to vote! Learn about voting in person.



Where can I register to vote?

For the November 3, 2020 general election, you must register to vote in person at your local city or township clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on November 3, 2020. You will also be able to vote while at your clerk’s office, and we encourage you to register and vote early if you can. Here is what you need to bring with you.


Can I vote as a student?

If you're from Michigan and go to school here:

Register to vote at your school address or your home address.

If you're from Michigan and go to a school outside the state:

Register to vote at your home address in Michigan.

If you're not from Michigan but go to school here:

Register to vote at your school address in Michigan.

If you have a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card, and you are registered to vote in Michigan, your voter registration address and the address on your ID will be the same.

If you change the address on one, it will automatically change the other. The Secretary of State will mail you a sticker with your new address to place on your license or ID card.


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