In a politically polarized age when every vote counts, the deadline to register to vote looms large in Michigan on Monday, July 9, 2018. It’s important to note that every state except North Dakota requires you to register to vote and every state has absentee voting.
To register to vote, you must be all of the following:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by Election Day
- A resident of Michigan
- A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote.
This year’s Michigan primaries feature key races for Democratic and Republican gubernatorial nominees, U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and a Congressional Special Election in Michigan District 13 to complete the term of retired Congressman John Conyers, Jr. plus State House and State Senate, which for many political races will decide the ultimate winner in precincts that lean either solid Democrat or solid Republican.
If you want to help decide which candidates advance to the general on Election Day, November 6th by participating in the Michigan Battleground Primary, and/or view a sample ballot, track the status of your Absentee Ballot and verify your Voter Registration Information, here are a few search options to get you ready for the August 7th primary election.
Search Option 1: Go online and see if you are already registered at the appropriate address.
Search Option Step 2: If you’re not, download a voter registration application, print it, fill it out, and mail it to your clerk’s office (the address should be listed on the application).
Search Option 3: Or, register to vote in person at a Secretary of State branch.
If you’re a first-time voter and mail in your application but want to vote absentee, you may still have to show up in person to obtain your ballot. There are exceptions for disabled people and overseas military personnel.