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Elections and Voter Information

Everything you need to know about elections in your area

Contains information on The Next Election in your area or state, information on how to Register to Vote, Voter Information, and About Voting (early, absentee, by mail, or at the polls).

In-Person Absentee Voting Extended in MI

In-Person Absentee Voting Ends Statewide on Monday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday options have been added to some early in-person absentee vote locations across the state, including Detroit.  Anyone registered in Detroit can show up and request an absentee ballot and vote on site if they are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. See the list of polling locations below.

 *** Special Sunday Hours on October 28, 2018***

Wayne County Community College/Northwest Campus @ 8200 W. Outer Drive (Monday thru Saturday PLUS Sunday 10/28 from 9am to 4pm)

Detroit Department of Elections @ 2978 W. Grand Blvd (Monday thru Saturday PLUS Sunday 10/28 from 8am to 4:30pm)

Monday thru Saturday only:

Rosa Parks @ 1310 Cass Avenue (Monday thru Saturday from 9am to 4pm)

Wayne County Community College/Eastern Campus @ 5901 Conner (Monday thru Saturday from 9am to 4pm)

Detroit City Clerk's Office @ 2 Woodward Ave (Monday thru Friday from 9am to 4pm)

VOTE INFORMED!

KNOW YOUR CANDIDATES AND VOTE INFORMED! CitizenDetroit has interviewed candidates running for office in 2018. Follow the appropriate links below for candidate videos, questionnaire responses, and evaluations:

General Election is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Straight-Party Voting

Straight Party Voting will not be available in this year's election on November 6, 2018.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower Federal District Court decision by Judge Gershwin Drain to keep Michigan's Straight Party Voting system, despite the Michigan Legislature banning it.

Straight-ticket voting or straight-party voting is the practice of voting for every candidate that a political party has on a general election ballot. By ending straight-party voting, voters will no longer have the option to check a box to choose all candidates from a single party.

411.org Online Voter Guide

Vote411.org Click the 411.org icon for all the election info you need!

On November 6, 2018, the General Election is scheduled to elect the Governor of Michigan and other federal, state, and local officials. Go to VOTE411.org and enter your voting address to see the races relevant to your ballot.

All federal and state races in Michigan are available as well as local race information where prepared for their area by local Leagues. VOTE411.org contains all the election information you need, such as:

  • What is on the ballot
  • Who are the candidates
  • What are the candidate's views on issues
  • What are the proposals

411.org also offers information on candidate forums, voter registration, ID requirements, polling places, and election processes such as absentee voting.

Absentee Voter Ballots

ABSENTEE VOTING FAQs

What is an absentee ballot? An absentee ballot is a way of voting by mail if you are unable to get to your polling place on election day.

Who is eligible for an absentee ballot? To be eligible for an absentee ballot, you must fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • 60 years or older
  • Unable to vote without assistance
  • Will be out of town during the election
  • In jail waiting arraignment or trial
  • Unable to go to the polls due to religion
  • Plan to work as an election inspector in a precinct other than yours

How do I obtain an absentee ballot? To obtain an absentee ballot, you must submit a written request to your Elections Clerk by 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before an election. (In this case, Saturday, November 3, 2018.) Your request must indicate that you fit at least one of the above criteria as well as your signature. To download an absentee ballot request, form, go to: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/AVApp_535884_7.pdf

NOTE: In-Person Absentee Voting in MI has been extended to Monday, November 5, 2018. FMI see "In-Person Absentee Voting" at the top of this page.

How does a university student who is a first time voter get an absentee ballot to vote in a city other than his or her permanent address? The student must appear with picture ID at the Election Clerk office nearest the university. The clerk will issue a paper verifying the student's identity. This paper is mailed with a request for an absentee ballot to the student's city or township clerk, who will then send the student an absentee ballot.

NOTE: If you are a new Michigan voter and you registered to vote other than at a clerk's or the Secretary of State's offices, you can vote using an absentee ballot the first time you vote, only if you personally apply for the absentee ballot at your clerk's office. This is because you are subject to the Federal first-time voter ID requirements.

AN ABSENTEE BALLOT MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CLERK'S OFFICE BY 8:00PM ON ELECTION DAY (NOVEMBER 6, 2018). Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature on the return envelope matches your signature on file. Only you, a family member or person residing in your household who is acting on your instruction, a mail carrier, or an election official can deliver your absentee voter ballot to the clerk's office. Note that anyone else who is in possession of another person's absentee ballot is guilty of a felony. If you mail back your ballot, make sure it has enough postage on it. Due to size, extra postage is required.

Photo Identification

A photo ID is not required in order for you to vote. You can still vote if you sign a statement stating that you are who you say you are. You will still be able to vote a regular ballot.

Unless you registered to vote at your local clerk's office or at a Secretary of State office, if you are a new Michigan voter, you must meet a federal ID requirement. This requirement can be met by showing at the polls a current photo ID or a paycheck stub, utility bills, bank statement, or government document that show your name and the address you used on your voter registration form.

How can I vote if...?

... I am homeless

When you register to vote, you may use the address of the shelter where you sleep or the two nearest cross-streets to where you sleep at night.

... I have a criminal record

Unless you're currently incarcerated after conviction, you can vote. Ex-offenders automatically regain the right to vote after completion of a prison sentence. It is recommended that ex-offenders update their voter registration after they leave jail or prison.

...I am awaiting trail in jail

You can vote by absentee ballot. Your local clerk, if asked, will send you an application for an absentee ballot; you can have your ballot sent to you in jail.

To obtain an absentee ballot, you must submit a written request to your Elections Clerk by 2:00 p.m. on the Saturday before an election. (In this case, Saturday, November 3, 2018.) Your request must indicate that you fit at least one of the above criteria as well as your signature. To download an absentee ballot request, form, go to: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/AVApp_535884_7.pdf

... I am in the military

If you're out of state in the military, your last Michigan voter registration is still valid. For instruction and assistance, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program at http://www.fvap.gov/. If you registered to vote by mail from outside the U.S., you can vote by absentee ballot and the voter registration deadline of October 6 does not apply to you. This provision also applies to spouses and dependents of members of the armed forces.

LWV Detroit Area Elected Officials Guide

Click Here for the LWV of Detroit Elected Officials Guide which provides contact information on elected officials in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck.