Oct 222012

Does Michigan allow early voting?

No. Michigan does not have early voting. However,
qualified Michigan voters can cast absentee ballots
prior to Election Day.


How do I apply for an absentee voter ballot?

You can download an absentee ballot application
from the Michigan secretary of state website at
Absentee voter ballots are available for all elections.
As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee
voter ballot if you are:

  • Age 60 years 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.

Your request for an absentee voter ballot must be in
writing and can be submitted to your city or township
clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your
city or township clerk, see www.michigan.gov/vote).

Your request must include one of the six statutory
reasons stated above and your signature. You must
be a registered voter to receive an absentee ballot.
Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to
you must be received by your 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.

For more information on voting, call the Michigan
Department of State Information Center toll free at

(888) 767-6424 or go to www.michigan.gov/vote.
For more information, please contact votingrights@aflcio.org.

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