With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Michigan!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

All registered voters in Michigan can now vote before Election Day using what’s called an absentee ballot. You don’t need an excuse or a reason. You can vote by absentee ballot through the mail, without leaving your home. You can also go to your city or township clerk’s office or drop box to return your absentee ballot.

An application for an absentee ballot was mailed to every registered voter in Michigan. If you did not receive one or cannot find it, you can:

  • Call your city or township clerk and ask that an application be mailed to you
  • Download an application to return by mail or in person to your local clerk or township

Can you early vote by mail?

  • For the November 3, 2020 election, every registered voter will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.
  • Any registered Michigan voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
  • Michigan voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of June 2020.
  • Some counties may provide pre-paid postage for mail ballots. Please check with your local election official.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Michigan voters must provide their Michigan driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application. Voters must also physically show a valid photo ID AND proof of residency. A Michigan driver's license meets both requirements.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Michigan you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be 18 years old by Election Day
  • be a resident of Michigan and be a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days before Election Day
  • not be currently incarcerated after being convicted and sentenced

Warning: Michigan law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver license purposes. Therefore, if the residence address you provide on this form differs from the address shown on a driver license or personal identification card issued by the State of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver license or personal identification card address to match the residence address entered on this form. If an address change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver license or personal identification card.


Can I register online?

Michigan voters must include their Michigan driver's license number or state ID number and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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