En español | Michigan’s Aug. 2 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballots for governor, U.S. House and for seats in the state legislature.
As a result of redistricting, Michigan officials last year redrew legislative districts for the state House and Senate and U.S. Congress. To find your legislative district and polling location, visit Michigan.gov/vote, enter your voter information and select "View voting district information."
Changes could be coming to how you vote in the 2022 elections, with some state lawmakers pushing for new voter ID requirements and a ban on mailing unsolicited absentee ballot applications to registered voters.
You can check if you’re registered to vote through the state’s voter information portal.
Not in Michigan. Voters participating in the primaries can choose only one party’s ballot. You can register or update your voter information online or by mail until July 19, but you can do so in person at your local election clerk’s office up to and including Election Day.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in the August primaries and in November’s general election.
You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person:
Return completed ballots by mail or in person. You can return someone else’s ballot if you’re their immediate family member, someone who lives in their household, a mail carrier or an authorized election official. Election officials must receive ballots by Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. to count in the primaries.
Use the state’s voter portal to track the status of your absentee ballot.
In the event of an emergency, such as an unexpected illness or death in the family, you may be able to request an emergency absentee ballot by contacting your local election clerk’s office before 4 p.m. on Election Day.
Yes, starting on June 23, you can vote early and in person by going to your local election clerk’s office and filling out an absentee ballot in person. Hours of operation may vary, so contact your election clerk’s office to find out when to cast your ballot.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 2. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You will still be able to cast a ballot after 8 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
The general election is Nov. 8.
If you are voting in person, you’ll be asked to show an acceptable form of ID, like a state driver’s license or U.S. passport. If you forget or don’t have an ID, you’ll be allowed to vote but will need to fill out additional paperwork to verify your identity and explain why you don’t have the necessary documents.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on May 3 with more information about redistricting. The guide was first published on July 30, 2020.
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