Whether you choose to cast your ballot in person now or on Election Day, this guide will help you know your voting rights.
LANSING, MI—Voters began casting absentee ballots (also referred to as absent voter ballots) in Michigan for the 2020 general election more than a week ago at their local clerk’s office and by mail-in voting.
In a year that was almost impossible to prepare for, some things are still predictable and fairly easy to plan for—like the electoral process.
Whether planning to vote early or on Election Day, here’s what you in-person voters need to bring with them to the polls.
Early, In-Person Voters
Both your local clerk and your election inspectors at your assigned polling location will ask you to present a photo ID when voting. If you do not have a photo ID, you can still vote in Michigan.
Should you forget your photo ID, Michigan election officials will require you to sign a form that certifies your identity and explains that you were without ID when voting. It’s still a good idea to bring a form of identification when voting. In Michigan that includes:
- Michigan driver’s license or state ID
- Student identification with photo from a high school or accredited college
- Tribal identification card with photo
Click here to find your local clerk’s office in Michigan.
Election Day Voters
Voting identification rules are no different on Election Day than they are for early voters. Should you forget or be without photo identification on Election Day, you can still vote in Michigan. Polling location election inspectors will require voters to sign the same affidavit as local clerks for early voters.
It is still a best practice to bring a valid form of photo identification to the polls, if possible. That includes the following in Michigan:
- Federal or state government-issued photo ID
- U.S. passport
- Military photo ID
Click here to find your polling location.
If you are turned away when trying to vote, file a complaint with the ACLU of Michigan.