Haven’t registered to vote yet? Voted before but not sure if you’re currently registered? READ ON!
First, if you’re doubting if you’re registered to vote check here:
If you’re registered, you’re all set 🙂 Stop reading and look up all the seats and positions that you’re going to be voting for in November.
If you’re registered but just need to update your address click here ExpressSOS.com
Now if you found out you’re not registered or you knew you weren’t and skipped the first two steps, the next steps are for you.
If you live in Michigan you have a few options, those are to:
a. Register in Person at your local Secretary of State, City Clerk Office ON OR BEFORE October 11. Need to find your closest secretary of state or city clerk? Click on the hyperlink for each and find the closest place to you!
b. Register by mail. Download, print, fill out, mail and it must be postmarked for October 11 or earlier (where to mail it to is listed on the form):
*Make sure to fill out the form with either your license # or the last 4 of your social security (otherwise you’ll need to submit further identification which could mean not being registered in time)
c. Register at a voter registration drive ON OR BEFORE October 11 (they use the same form that you need to mail in so if you register at a drive consider it like registering by mail)
IF REGISTERING BY either option B or C AND VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME:
You have to vote in person and unable to request an absentee ballot UNLESS you:
Turn in the mail-in form in person to the city clerk (I have more on absentee ballots further down so if you’re in need of one keep reading)
All done. Make sure you do your research on everything on the ticket! If you’re looking for an Absentee vote keep reading
Absentee voting caused me a bit of a headache but hopefully I made it less headache inducing for you:
You are eligible for an absentee vote if you are:
- 60 years old or older
- Unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- Expecting to be out of town on election day
- In jail awaiting arraignment or trial (BUT NOT SERVING TIME for a sentence)
- Unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- Appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence
Now this is important, if you registered by mail and are a first time voter, you cannot submit for an absentee ballot (unless over 60, disabled or eligible to vote under the Federal Uniformed and Overseas Absentee Voting Act)
To have a absentee ballot mailed to you, click here for the ballot request and mail the request back no later than 2pm on the Saturday before the election (November 5)
Once you have the form you have until 8pm on election day to turn the absentee ballot to the city clerk’s office.
So the take away is if you need an absentee ballot the easiest way is to register in person at the city clerks office or at your secretary of state if you are a first time voter. Phew did I get through that ok?
Now go on and make sure you know who you’re voting for! There’s more than just the president election at stake! Happy voting 🙂