How can I register to vote?
- At the office of their county, city, township, or village clerk.
- At any other registration locations established by the local clerk.
- Via the Secretary of State's Michigan Online Voter Registration page, if you have a valid Michigan Driver's License.
Last Day to Register by Mail - A resident mailing in a voter registration application or update of address must do so on or before the 15th day before the next regular or special election or primary election.
NEW! Last Day to Register in Person - Local city or township clerks can accept voter registration applications up to and on Election Day. If registering to vote less than 15 days before an election or on Election Day, residents must visit the city or township clerk's office and show proof of residency (utility bill, Michigan ID with current address, etc.) to be eligible to vote in that election.
Does everyone have to register to be eligible to vote?
Yes, but you can register to vote in-person up to and including Election Day. Please refer to Registering to Vote - A Step-by-Step Guide for more information.
Are there other sources of voter registration applications?
Voter registration applications can originate at any of the following, but are not registrations until accepted by your local clerk:
- Secretary of State Driver’s License and State ID office
- Secretary of State "renewal by mail"
- State and federal mail-in forms
- Family Independence Agency
- Department of Community Health
- Michigan Jobs Commission
- Commission for the Blind
- Armed Forces Recruiters
- Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
- National Mail Voter Registration Form
Will I ever have to re-register to vote?
Registration in Michigan is considered permanent. However, any time you move out of one community and into another in this state, you must re-register to vote. The same is true if you move out-of-state. Re-registration is also necessary if for any reason your registration has been cancelled and it cannot be reinstated.
Do I need my voter registration card in order to vote?
No. As long as you are in the correct polling location, your name will appear on the registration list supplied to your precinct.
How do I determine where I go to vote?
The Michigan Voter Information Center can help you determine whether you are registered to vote, where you cast your ballot on Election Day and where your local clerk's office is located.
Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they did not register to vote at their new address by the close of registration for this election.
What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for all elections.
Can Michigan residents in jail or prison still vote?
Michigan residents confined in jail or prison who are awaiting arraignment or trial are eligible to vote. However, residents who are serving a sentence in jail or prison after conviction cannot vote during the period of confinement. When residents are released from jail or prison after serving a sentence, they are free to participate in elections without restriction.
Am I registered to vote?
Check the Michigan Voter Information Center to access your registration information, find clerk contact information, preview an upcoming ballot, and track absent voter ballots.
How do I obtain an Absent Voter Ballot?
Due to the passage of the statewide Ballot Proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. It's a safe way to vote and protect your health, and the process is secure and accurate.
To vote by mail, fill out the simple online application located on the Secretary of State's website. The online application can be found here. If you prefer to print and sign, and then mail or email an application to your local clerk, that form can be found here.
After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office.
For more information, visit: How do I obtain an Absent Voter Ballot?.
Track your absent voter ballot at: Michigan Voter Information Center.
Permanent Absent Voter Ballot Application (Permanent AV) Lists
With the passage of Ballot Proposal 18-3, all registered voters are now eligible to vote early (by mail or in person) without providing a reason. I want to make it even more convenient by inviting you to be on your local clerk’s Permanent Absent Voter Ballot Application List.
Benefits of being on the Permanent Absent Voter Ballot Application List:
- You will automatically receive an absent voter ballot application before each scheduled election in your jurisdiction.
- If you choose to return the application, your local clerk will send you a ballot as soon as they arrive in their office.
- You can vote at a time convenient for you and avoid any potential lines on Election Day.
- You can take your time studying the ballot and vote from home when you are ready.
Fill out this form and send it to your clerk to be put on the list.
Change of Address?
- If you move within your city, township or village, a change of address should be made with your local clerk or at a Secretary of State Branch Office. 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 will be completed at the polling place when you vote.
- If you move outside your city, township or village, a change of address should be made at a Secretary of State Branch Office. The change of address may be made by mail as well as in person.
- If you submit a change of address on your driver’s license at a Secretary of State Branch Office, the address on your voter registration record will automatically be changed as well.
Change of Name?
Any name change due to marriage or legal action may be reported to the clerk by:
- In Person
- At the Secretary of State Branch Office
A person changing name should re-register, but may vote under former name.
Election Contact Information
BARB BYRUM, County Clerk
Liz Noel, Election/Clerk Coordinator
Fax: (517) 676-7254
Monday thru Friday
* The office may close for a short time during normal business hours due to occasional staff shortages.
Please be advised that as of Monday, August 1, 2016, there will be non-refundable service fees applied to all credit card transactions conducted with the Ingham County Clerk’s Office.
As of that date, my office will be able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Debit Cards.
The service fee schedule below reflects the fee for each transaction amount, whether the credit card is swiped or if the card information is manually entered.
Credit Card Service Fee Schedule (as of June 30, 2017):
Transaction Amount Fee
$0.01 > $50.00 $1.75
$50.01 > $75.00 $2.00
$75.01 > $100.00 $3.75
$100.01 > $150.00 $5.75
$150.01 > $200.00 $7.25
(For each additional increment of $50.00, or portion thereof, add $2.00.)
Please know that a service fee will not apply to payments made by check, money order or cash.