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In order to vote in Michigan, you must meet the following requirements:
- A United States citizen
- At least 18 years of age by Election Day
- A resident of the City of Lansing or city or township in which you are applying to register
- You cannot be confined in jail after being convicted and sentenced
Registration is required under Michigan law to be eligible to vote.
Registration in Michigan is considered permanent, so you do not need to re-register for each election. You need to re-register anytime you move and change your address or when you change your name. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and it cannot be reinstated.
Eligible citizens may become registered to vote in a variety of ways, at any time through Election Day. Individuals who register to vote within the 14-day period immediately preceding an election must appear in person at their city or township clerk’s office and provide proof of residency.
Individuals using any other method must register to vote at least 15 days before Election Day and are not required to provide proof of residency. Other methods of registration include an application obtained at one of the following locations:
Michigan law states that the same address must be used for voter registration and driver's license purposes. That means, if the residence address you provide on the application differs from the address shown on a driver's license or personal identification card issued by the state of Michigan, the Secretary of State will automatically change your driver's license or personal ID card address to match the residence address entered on this form. If a change is made, the Secretary of State will mail you an address update sticker for your driver's license or personal ID card.
If you are temporarily outside the US, you may use a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to register. The FPCA forms are distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases, or you can go to www.fvap.gov/michigan to get more information and register online.
A Michigan resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to vote in Michigan until he or she reestablishes residency here.
You can call the City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
No, you cannot register at the polls, but you can register in person at your Township or City Clerk's Office with proof of residency in that Township or City up to and including Election Day. You can also register to vote until 15 days before an election by mail, online, or in person.
You should call the Lansing City Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
If you have moved to another community and registered to vote there, you will need to re-register to vote. If you moved and did not register to vote in that community, you can call the Clerk's Office at 517-483-4133 or check your voter registration status by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center at michigan.gov/vote.
You can still vote. You can either vote at the precinct location for your registered address or come to one of the City Clerk's Offices, located at 2500 S. Washington or 124 W. Michigan Ave, 9th Floor, and register at your new address.
If you move within the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made with the Clerk's Office, at a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com. If you have not completed a change of address prior to Election Day, you will not lose your right to vote. A voter registration form can be completed at the precinct to register at your new address for the next election.
If you move outside the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made at your new Local Clerk's Office, a Secretary of State Branch Office, or by visiting ExpressSOS.com.
Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the Clerk's Office or at the Secretary of State Branch Office. A person changing their name should re-register, but may vote under their former name.