Make Your Voice Heard

General Election Day

Your vote is vital to the future of healthcare so let your voice be heard! Tuesday, November 8, is General Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. If voting in person, be sure to plan ahead in case of lengthy lines or wait times at polling places! If an emergency like a sudden illness, hospitalization, family death or birth of a baby prevents you from reaching the polls on Election Day, you may request an emergency absentee ballot from your local clerk’s office. Requests for an emergency ballot must be submitted after 5 p.m. on November 4 and up to 4 p.m. on November 8. See below for additional information on absentee ballots.

Voter Registration

Make sure you are registered to vote to exercise your civic duty! You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person at a Secretary of State branch, your local clerk’s office, at any state agency that provides public assistance or services to people with disabilities or through a voter registration drive. Mail registration must be postmarked by October 24 for the November 8 General Election. If you register to vote within 14 days of the November 8 election, you must register in person at your local clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on November 8 and show proof of where you live. Acceptable documents include a Michigan driver’s license or State ID card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check or other government document. Your vote matters!

Absentee Ballots

Once you are registered to vote, you can request an absentee voter ballot without giving a reason. Online and mail requests for an absentee voter ballot must be received by your local clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on November 4 for the November 8 election. If you are already registered at your current address, you may request an absentee voter ballot in person at your local clerk’s office anytime up to 4 p.m. on November 7. You must complete and return your absentee voter ballot to the clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on November 8. Apply for an absentee ballot by completing an online application or contact your local clerk’s office.

Poll Working

Election workers are the MVPs of our democracy and right now are needed more than ever. Serving as an election worker is a paid position that includes training in the proper protocols. Election workers assist clerks and count ballots while at the polling places. 


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