How to Vote in Michigan for the 2020 Presidential Election

September 17, 2020

The countdown to the 2020 election is on. Whether you plan to vote by mail, in person or still need to register, check out SEEN’s guide to casting your ballot in Michigan

By Nicole Glynn

For Americans everywhere, Tuesday, November 3 is a pivotal day. (For those of you who don’t know — perhaps you’ve been living under a rock? — that’s the date of the general election.) While this year’s election will look a little different than in years past, there are no excuses not to vote, pandemic included. Michigan voters have multiple ways to cast their ballots. Here’s the lowdown on each.

1. Register

You can register to vote online or via mail by October 9th. If you prefer to register in person, you can do so at your county, city or township clerk’s office through Election Day on November 3rd.

2. Get an absentee ballot

Thanks to a 2018 state constitutional amendment, Michigan is a “no-reason” absentee voting state — that means any voter can request an absentee ballot.

Absentee-ballot applications have already been mailed through USPS to all registered Michigan voters, but if you did not receive one for any reason, you can still apply for an absentee ballot online here. The deadline to apply for a ballot to be sent to you via mail is October 30th. Alternatively, the deadline to apply for one in person at your local clerk’s office is one day before the election on November 2nd.

3. Submit your absentee ballot

Absentee ballots must be received by November 3rd. Whether you’re voting online, in-person or via mail, ballots must be received by this date. If you’re mailing in your ballot, it is recommended that you mail it out 4-7 days prior to ensure that it gets delivered on time.

4. Vote in-person

Currently, physical polling locations will still be open for voting throughout Michigan. Make sure to keep an eye out for last minute closures that might occur.

If voting in-person on November 3rd you must bring an acceptable photo ID. And don’t forget your mask!

Visit the Michigan SOS website for more resources on how to vote. 

Sources: FiveThirtyEight and Vote.org

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