Michigan Absentee Ballot Guide
First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person the first time they vote. You can get around this restriction by registering in person, or by requesting your absentee ballot in person from your local clerk. This restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.
- Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 30 days before the election
- Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election
- Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 8:00 p.m. on election day
How to vote by absentee ballot
Register to vote
Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form. For faster processing, you can mail the form directly to your local clerk.
NOTE: Michigan law requires that the same address be used for voter registration and driver license purposes. If you register to vote at a different address than the DMV has on file for you, the Secretary of State will automatically change your drivers license to match your voter registration address. The Secretary of State will then mail you an address update sticker for your driver license.
Verify your voter registration
It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.
NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.
Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot
You may vote by absentee ballot in Michigan if you are registered to vote and you fall into one of the following categories:
- you are 60 years old or older
- you are unable to vote without assistance at the polls
- you are expecting to be out of town on election day
- you are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
- you are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
- you are appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.
First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person the first time they vote. You can get around this restriction by requesting your absentee ballot in person from your local clerk. This restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are handicapped or voters who are 60 years of age or older.
Apply for your absentee ballot
Download and complete the Michigan Absentee Ballot Application Mail or hand-deliver your completed application to your local clerk. Once your request is received by the local clerk, your signature on the request will be checked against your voter registration record before a ballot is issued. You must be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee voter ballots are processed immediately. Absentee voter ballots may be issued to you at your home address or any address outside of your city or township of residence.
Your absentee ballot application must be received by your clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election.
Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot
Fill out your ballot, sign where indicated, put a stamp on it, and then mail your ballot back to your local clerk. The City or Township Clerk must receive your absentee ballot by 8pm on election day. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household, a mail carrier, or election official is authorized to deliver your signed absentee voter ballot to your clerk's office.
|State Election Website:||http://www.michigan.gov/sos|
|Local Election Officials:||Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions. They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines.|