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REGISTER to vote by Oct. 9

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9, to vote in the November election.

Register on campus: You can register to vote every day at the Bernhard Center during regular business hours, and at the Gilmore Theatre Complex from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

You can also print the voter registration form here and turn it into the Bernhard Center Information Desk by October 9th.

Some tips:

WeVote highly recommends that you register at the address you will be living at on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6—that usually means your current student address! If you live on or near campus on Election Day you simply vote in the Bernhard Center.

Vote in Kalamazoo, not absentee. 
You cannot vote absentee in your hometown unless you have registered in person or voted in person in your home district in a prior election. Then the absentee ballot must be requested in advance and mailed back to the right place on time. Instead, register now at your current address in Kalamazoo.

Financial aid and insurance are good to go. 
There is no impact on financial aid, insurance, or taxes when you register to vote in Kalamazoo.

Register by Tuesday, Oct. 9, to participate in the Nov. 6 general election. Once your registration form is processed, you will receive a note in the mail with your polling place and an address sticker for the back of your driver’s license. All you will need to vote is a picture ID: either a driver’s license or student ID card. Check your registration at

Provide your phone number. If there is anything wrong with your registration you can be contacted.

Use pen. Don’t forget to sign. Driver’s license or social security number are good to have but not required.

Vote Tuesday, Nov. 6

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

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.

What you need to do before going to the polls Election Day

Requesting a Michigan absentee ballot

  • Get information on eligibility, read instructions and find a printable absentee ballot request online.
  • Remember: You cannot vote absentee by mail in your first election in Michigan unless you registered to vote in person at your clerk’s office.