Make Your Voice Heard

Remember to Vote in the Nov. 3 General Election

Your participation in the voting process is what makes our democracy work. And democracy only works when everyone participates. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming presidential election.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • You can vote by absentee ballot or in person at your polling place.
  • Because of the pandemic, you are encouraged to vote by absentee ballot.
  • In the case of an unplanned event like sudden illness, a hospitalization or birth of a baby, you can request an emergency absentee ballot from your city or township clerk’s office up until 4 p.m. on Election Day.
  • If voting in person, familiarize yourself with your polling location and safety precautions that are in place. Plan ahead and expect to wait in line to vote. Wear a facemask, wear comfortable shoes and social distance between your fellow voters in line. Carry hand sanitizer and wash your hands before you enter the voting booth and immediately after.
Make Your Voice Heard

President and CEO, Wright Lassiter III, teams up with Lomas Brown and Rick Mahorn to remind you to vote on November 3.

Voter registration

You can register to vote online, by mail, or at a Secretary of State branch until Oct. 19 or in-person until up to and on Election Day at your local clerk’s office. If you register by mail, your completed documents must be postmarked by Oct. 19. You must show proof of your name and current address such as a Michigan driver’s license or State ID card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check or other government document.

Absentee ballots

  • Any Michigan registered voter can request an absentee voter ballot and your request must be received by your city or township clerk by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. You must complete an online application to request an absentee ballot.
  • Your completed absentee ballot – remember to sign it – must be received by your city or township clerk’s office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. If you return your absentee ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Nov. 2.
  • You can also drop your completed ballot at voter drop boxes at your city or township hall or at select drop boxes in the city of Detroit including one at the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center at the corner of Amsterdam and Second Avenue.

Poll workers needed

Election workers are needed to assist city and township clerks by serving at polling places and counting ballots. This is a paid position and election workers are trained on proper protocols. Because of the pandemic, the training process will include adhering to guidelines for ensuring the health and safety of voters and election workers. Sign-up now.