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What you need to know to vote

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When is the deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 6 primary?

Michigan now allows voter registration until 8 p.m. on Election Day at your city or township clerk’s office. If you’re registering by mail, your registration application must be received or postmarked at least 15 days before the election.

Where can I register?

You can register at your city or township office or can fill out an application online. You can also register at a Secretary of State office or at any state agency that provides public assistance or services to people with disabilities. You may also register at voter registration drives that are common across the state.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

You can: 

  • Request a ballot online up through 5 p.m. on Aug. 2, the Friday before the Aug. 6 primary.
  • Contact your local clerk and request an application be mailed to you.
  • Download an application and return by mail or in person with your local clerk. 

Within two weeks of the election, the Secretary of State recommends going in person to your local clerk’s office and requesting an application. You would then be able to get a ballot, fill it out and submit it, avoiding potential postal delays.

When is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?

You can submit your ballot until 8 p.m. on Election Day. But to avoid postal delays, you should mail it at least two weeks beforehand, the state recommends.

Where is my clerk’s office or drop box? Where is my voting precinct? Can I check to see if I’m registered?

The state has a tool to find your local clerk and your own voter information, including your precinct. You can use it here.

What is on my ballot?

Michigan has a tool to check the local ballots, which in addition to statewide races also often include millages or other ballot questions.

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