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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.
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, but you must vote at the precinct location for your registered address. You should fill out a change of address form at your old precinct to receive a new voter registration card with your new voter information, including precinct and polling place.
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 change of address card can be completed at the precinct for your previous address.
If you move outside the City of Lansing, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office or by visiting ExpressSOS.com. The change of address may be made by mail, in person, or online. If you moved within 60 days of the election, and you have not re-registered at the new address, you can vote at the polling location for your previous address.
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.