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Those who register to vote by mail or online must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)
If you are subject to the “voting in person” requirement and have a need for an absent voter ballot, you can satisfy the requirement by requesting an absent voter ballot in person from the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote by the day preceding the election. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your city, county or township clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day along with all ballots voted at the polls.
For more information on Absentee voting in Michigan please go to the Michigan Secretary of State website.
Voting ID Information
Voters can complete the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver’s license or Michigan personal identification card.
Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:
- Driver’s license or personal ID card issued by another state.
- Federal or state government-issued photo ID.
- U.S. passport.
- Military identification card with photo.
- Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education.
- Tribal identification card with photo.
Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit on the back of the voter application when you go to the polls on election day.
Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk’s office.
For more election related information, go to http://www.michigan.gov/vote