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Voter Identification

A Guide to Voter Identification at the Polls Image: Voter ID at the Polls

By law, every Michigan voter must present picture identification at the polls, or sign an affidavit attesting that he or she is not in possession of picture identification.

Prepare for Election Day

Remember to bring an acceptable form of photo identification to the polls on Election Day. If you don't have photo ID you can still vote (see Voting Without Photo ID below).

Your photo ID does not need to have your address on it. In addition, the name on your identification card may be a shorter form of your name. For example, "Bill" for "William" and "Kathy" for "Katherine" are acceptable.

After showing your photo ID to the poll worker and signing the application, you may cast your ballot.

Voting Without Photo ID

If you do not have photo ID, you can still cast a ballot simply by signing an affidavit. The affidavit can be used by:

  • Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID
  • Voters who have photo ID but didn't bring it to the polls

Once you sign the affidavit, you may cast your ballot. It will be counted with all other ballots on Election Day.

Getting a State ID Card

If you do not have a driver's license or other acceptable photo identification, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10.

State ID cards are free to individuals who are 65 or older or who are blind. Cards are also free to those who have had driving privileges terminated due to a physical or mental disability.

Proof of identity and residency are required when applying for a state ID card. 

 

 

Election Information

November 6th General Election:

Filing deadline for candidates without party affiliation seeking State, County Commission, and partial term Township Partisan offices, July 19th , 4:00 pm 

Filing deadline for village, school, and community college candidates, July 24 th, 4:00 pm 

Last day recall petitions can be filed is August 3rd 

Proposal filing deadline is August 14 th by 4:00 pm

Republican, Democratic and Libertarian Party Fall State Conventions held by September 7th 

Proposal deadline for Constitutional Amendments and Legislative Referendums by September 7 th 

Absent Voter Ballots will be available by September 22nd

Last Day to Register October 9 th 

Filing deadline for Write-in candidates is October 26 th, 4:00 pm 

County Canvass of Election Results will begin November 7 th , 1:00 pm 

State Canvass of Election Results November 26 th


Who is Eligible for an Absent Voter Ballot

A registered voter may obtain an absent voter ballot if they are:

  • age 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
  • 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.

Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center www.mi.gov/vote

A person who registers to vote by mail 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. 

 


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