How to Register to Vote

July 22, 2020 Mary Heinemann

Register to Vote to Make Your Voice Heard! 

Think registering to vote is hard? Think again! The Secretary of State makes this process very easy, walking you through it step by step. 

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

Voter Registration Deadline: Received or postmarked by the 15th day before Election Day.

  • Online voter registration is available to Michigan driver’s license and state ID holders 
  • You may also register in-person through Election Day at your municipal clerk’s office. Proof of residence is required if registering on or after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day. You CANNOT register to vote at a polling place.

Online voter registration  asks for your Michigan driver’s license or state ID number, but not other document is required. If you are registering on or before the 15th day before Election Day, no ID is required. Michigan’s voter registration form asks for your Michigan driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it. If you register on or after the 14th day before an election, including on Election Day, then you need to provide proof of residence, such as a utility bill or bank account statement with your name and residential address.

Acceptable IDs include:

  • a driver’s license or identification card issued by Michigan or another state,
  • a U.S. passport,
  • a photo ID issued by a federal or state government,
  • a military ID with photo,
  • a high school or college photo ID, or
  • a tribal ID with photo.

By Mail or Early In-Person

  • Any registered voter can now vote absentee by mail or early in person at a municipal clerk’s office WITHOUT any excuse or reason.
  • Request forms for absentee ballot must be received in writing by your local election official by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.
  • Completed ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk’s office before 8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • A voter may request and cast an absentee ballot at a municipal clerk’s office beginning 45 days before an election through Election Day. Hours may vary from normal business hours on Saturday and Sunday, but they will be open for at least 8 hours on both days.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Upcoming Election Dates 2020

  • Primary Election (Other Offices) Registration Deadline: July 20
  • Primary Election (Other Offices): August 4
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 19
  • General Election: November 3

Make sure to look up your voting site and plan ahead! Find out more information here Official Election Website


DO NOT register to vote if you are not eligible to do so. You are not eligible to register to vote if you are not currently a US citizen. Registering to vote as a non-citizen can result in serious legal consequences effecting your current immigration status. 

Local County Clerk Offices 

Wayne County

2 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

(313) 224- 6263

Macomb County

120 N Main St, Mt Clemens, MI 48043

(586) 469- 5120

Oakland County

1200 Telegraph Rd Building #12E, Pontiac, MI 48341

(248) 858- 0581