Voting in Michigan

Polls in Michigan are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day

Information for voting in Michigan is provided as a service to the Western Michigan University community and the public. Complete voter information is available online from the Michigan Secretary of State.

Are you eligible to vote?

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day.
  • A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. College students are eligible to vote at their college address.

Deadline for registering to vote

  • The deadline to register or change the address at which you are registered is 30 days before the election.
  • Monday, Oct. 6, is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election or change the address at which you are registered.
  • You may register to vote at age 17, provided you will be 18 on or before Election Day.

Register to vote in Michigan

  • New registrations and changes in registration must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 6, to vote in the November election.
  • You may obtain an application to register at county, city or township clerk’s offices; Secretary of State offices; or at voter registration drives. You may also download the application and follow the instructions for mailing or personally delivering it to your clerk's office.

Find out if you’re registered to vote and where

  • Find your precinct number and polling location.
  • View a sample of your ballot for the Nov. 4 election (available in October).

Find your city or township clerk

Once you know where you are registered to vote, you can find your city or township clerk’s contact information to request an absentee ballot (see below) or other assistance.

Request a Michigan absentee ballot

  • Print an absentee ballot request.
  • Eligibility for voting absentee in Michigan
  • Instructions for voting absentee
  • Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
  • Unless you registered to vote in person at your clerk’s office, you cannot vote absentee by mail in your first election in Michigan.