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Michigan is one of the six battleground states that will be most important to delivering the White House, Senate, and wins up and down the ballot on November 3. Here’s how you can help.

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About This State

Michigan! You’re one of the states that will decide who gets to be president. You also have an extremely important Senate race this year, and you're shaped like a mitten. The trifecta! All important reasons to get to the polls in one of the many great cars you're known to produce. Here's all the info you need to vote this year.

Register To Vote

UPDATE

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.

A judge recently ruled that Michigan mail ballots postmarked by Nov. 2nd must be accepted if they are received within 14 days of the election.

Michigan Election Updates

Why Is This State Special

Michigan is the battleground state that Trump won by only 10,704 votes, the smallest margin in 2016. After the 2016 loss, organizers stepped up their efforts, delivering significant 2018 victories, like winning the governorship and seven other Republican seats. This organizing work positions Michigan as one of the best opportunities to flip a state for Democrats in 2020.

ROAD TO WIN

Road to Win

Electoral College Votes

16

Delegates for the DNC

125

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Make a Plan

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, what’s important is making a plan to do it as early as possible.

Key Dates

Oct 19

Voter Registration Deadline (Mail/Online)

Oct 20

Recommended Deadline to Send Back Ballot

Oct 30

Vote by Mail Ballot Request Deadline (by 5 PM)

Nov 3

Election Day

Register to Vote

  • How do I register to vote?

    If you’ve never voted before, or if you’ve relocated and are voting in a new state, you can register here. We’re working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don’t fuck it up.

    Register here
  • How do I make sure I’m registered?

    Registered before? Double-check your registration to make sure your registration is still valid.

    Check here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes! But why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit.

    Register here

Get Your Ballot

  • What are the vote by mail requirements in my state?

    No excuse is needed to request an absentee ballot, and voters can request an absentee ballot online or by mail. Requests must be received by 5PM on October 30th, but we recommend requesting it as early as possible.

  • How do I request my ballot?

    Different states have different request rules, so use this tool to get your request form (even if you don’t have a printer!)

    Request here

Cast Your Ballot

  • If I’m voting by mail, when do I send my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    You’ve probably heard that USPS will be handling a high volume of mail and will likely be experiencing delays. That’s why we recommend mailing your ballot by October 20th at the latest if you plan on sending your ballot through USPS. When filling out your ballot, double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements and postage, if necessary. Learn about alternative return options below.

  • Does my state require my ballot to be postmarked or delivered by Election Day?

    Previously, Michigan law required that ballots must be received by 8:00 PM on Election Day.

    A judge recently ruled that ballots postmarked by November 2nd (that's right, the day BEFORE the Election) must be counted if they are received within 14 days after the election.

    But don't wait! Return your ballot as early as possible.

  • What are my non-mail ballot return options?

    You can return your absentee ballot to your local clerk's office, or to one of the 700 ballot drop boxes. You must drop your ballot off only in the drop boxes in your jurisdiction. Find the drop box locations here:

    Learn more
  • Can I track my ballot?

    Yes, Michigan allows voters to track their ballots online. Track your ballot here:

    Track yours

Vote By Mail: What If?

  • What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?

    If a voter has not returned his or her ballot, the voter can surrender the ballot or sign a statement stating that the ballot was lost or destroyed and vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk. Do not vote in person and mail a ballot.

    Learn more
  • What if I don’t receive my ballot by October 20th?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it at least 14 days before the election, check the status of your ballot online. If your ballot arrives before Election Day, you can drop it off in-person at your local clerk’s office, or at a drop-box location. Anyone who has requested — but not received — their absentee ballot may go vote in person on Election Day. You'll need to sign an affidavit confirming you never received an absentee ballot.

    Learn more

Voting In-Person

  • Can I vote early in person?

    Michigan does not provide in-person early voting at polling places, but does allow absentee in-person voting. You can also go in person to the office of your municipal and township clerks and request an absentee ballot until 4 p.m. on the day before the election. Find the locations here:

    County Clerks
  • What if I want to vote in-person on Election Day?

    If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate social distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683). Find your polling place options here:

    Learn more
  • Do I need an ID to vote in person?

    Yes, yes you do. A current driver's license, or state/federal government ID, a U.S. passport, a military ID, a student ID card, a tribal ID all work. But if you don’t bring or have an acceptable ID, you can still vote by signing an affidavit on Election Day. Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws here:

    Learn more
  • How do I find out where I go to vote?

    As we get closer to in-person early voting, our Make a Plan tool will have up-to-date information from every state on your voting locations (and ballot drop locations).

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?

Use our voter guide to see who and what will be on the ballot when you vote. Your full ballot may not be available yet, but check back soon. All candidates and ballot measures will be live in all 50 states in October.

Races To Watch

  • House
  • Senate

Resources

  • If you run into any issues while voting, call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683), a voter hotline is monitored 24/7/365 with voting experts who are ready to field questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • The Progress Michigan Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about races on your ballot, based on your values.

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