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faqs - VOTING AT THE POLLS

WHAT IS A PRECINCT?

The place where you vote. It is also called a polling place. Your local clerk's office can tell you where your precinct is located.

HOW DO I KNOW WHERE TO VOTE?

Check with your county, city or township clerk's office to find out where your voting place is.  You can also find your precinct is by clicking here.

WHAT SHOULD I TAKE WITH ME TO VOTE?

You will be asked to present an acceptable photo ID in every election. The following types of ID are acceptable:

  • Michigan driver's license or state-issued ID card
  • Driver's license or personal ID card issued by another state
  • Federal or state government-issued photo ID
  • U.S. passport
  • Military ID with photo
  • Student ID with photo from a high school or accredited institution of higher learning
  • Tribal ID card with photo

If you do not have photo ID or did not bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote. Simply sign an affidavit (a written declaration under oath) stating your name, address, and that you are not in possession of photo identification.  Your ballot is included with all others and is counted.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO VOTE?

It depends on how many offices are up for election, how many ballot proposals are on the ballot, and how many people are in line ahead of you. You can plan ahead by informing yourself on ballot proposals and candidates. Or you can vote absentee if you meet the eligibility requirements and plan ahead to get your ballot.

CAN I WEAR ELECTION-RELATED CLOTHING TO THE POLLS?

No.  Michigan prohibits the practice of displaying election-related materials at the polls, including clothing and buttons as well as materials such as pamphlets, fliers and stickers. You cannot display such items in the polling place or within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. If you go to the polls with a shirt or button bearing election-related images or slogans, you will be asked to cover or remove it.