Vote at home/absentee voting

You can vote before Election Day! Request an absentee ballot online.

All registered voters in Michigan can now vote before Election Day using what’s called an absentee ballot. You don’t need an excuse or a reason. You can vote by absentee ballot through the mail, without leaving your home. You can also go to your city or township clerk’s office or drop box to return your absentee ballot.




How do I apply for an absentee ballot online?

Registered voters can request an absentee ballot online through our absentee voter request form before October 30.


How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

An application for an absentee ballot was mailed to every registered voter in Michigan. If you did not receive one or cannot find it, you can:

  • Call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you
  • Download an application to return by mail or in person to your local clerk or township

Absent voter ballot applications



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Download an absent voter ballot application
Download an absent voter ballot application - Fillable version
Download an absent voter ballot application - Spanish/Español version
Download an absent voter ballot application - Bengali version
Download an absent voter ballot application - Large print version


Contact information for your clerk can be found in the voter information section of this website.


When is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot?

Requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request an absent voter ballot in person at your clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on the day prior to the election.

If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request an absent voter ballot at the same time you register. If you request your AV ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.


When do I need to deliver my ballot?

Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your city or township clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Begin the process early by mailing in your application for an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Your application for the November General Election can be submitted now.


Did my ballot arrive?

All registered voters can track their ballot by looking up their information in the voter information section of this website.


What if I have an emergency on Election Day?

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

Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after the deadline for regular absent 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 absent voter ballot. Please contact your local clerk for more information about emergency absent voter ballots.


I submitted my ballot. Can I change my vote?

If a voter has already voted absentee and wishes to change their vote (because the candidate has dropped out of the race, or for any other reason), a voter can spoil their ballot by submitting a written request to their city or township clerk.

  • The voter must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will pick it up in person at the clerk’s office.
  • This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election.
  • If a voter has not returned his or her ballot, the voter can surrender the ballot or sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed and vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

Contact information about your clerk can be found in the voter information section of this website.

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