Elections & Voting

Elections & Voting

Find out what's on your ballot!

Register to Vote

Are you registered to vote? Do you want to change your party, your address, your name?

National Voter Registration Day photo - League members sit with registering voter

  • Am I Registered to Vote? Use the easy form to check with the Michigan Secretary of State's office if you're registered to vote, the location and map for your polling place, and your sample ballot.
  • How to Register to Vote in Michigan Information from the Secretary of State on who may vote, how to register to vote, and how to vote
  • Elections in Michigan Find out important information, including dates, for upcoming elections from the Michigan Secretary of State's website.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

Useful Voter Information

League members pose for a photo at registration table on National Voter Registration Day

In Leelanau County, fewer than 50% of people in the 18-24 age group actually vote! Voting is a right and a responsibility to voice your opinion for which people in previous generations died. Get informed and vote. This information will help you do just that. Share it and save it.

The next election is Tuesday November 5, 2019. Voter registration deadline is 30 days before the election. You can still vote at your old precinct up to 60 days from the date you moved.

People who don't know if they are registered or where to vote can visit the website. By writing in your name, birth date, and zip code or your driver's license number, you can learn if you are registered, where your voting precinct is located including a map. There is a sample ballot, local clerk contact information, absentee voter information, etc. Take a few minutes to become familiar with this website.

Questions about Voter ID?

Voters with picture ID: Voters can satisfy the ID requirement by showing a Michigan driver's license or a Michigan personal identification card.

Voters who do not possess either document may show any of the following forms of picture ID as long as it is current:

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

Voters without picture ID: Michigan election law anticipates that not all voters will have picture ID. Voters who do not have acceptable picture ID or forgot to bring acceptable picture ID to the polls can vote like any other voter by signing an affidavit on the back of the voter application when you go to the polls on election day.

Questions regarding the voter identification requirement can be directed to your local city or township clerk's office. For more election related information, visit the Secretary of State website.

Getting a State ID Card

If you do not have a driver's license or other acceptable photo identification, you can get a state identification card at your local Secretary of State branch office for $10. State ID cards are free to individuals who are 65 or older or who are blind. Cards are also free to those who have had driving privileges terminated due to a physical or mental disability. Proof of identity and residency are required when applying for a state ID card. The fee can also be waived for individuals who present other good cause for a fee waiver. Visit the Secretary of State website for details on what forms are acceptable in order to prove identity and residency, or call (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Especially if an elderly person is no longer driving, they may need to get a State ID card to vote. Check with your family, friends and neighbors. Be sure they have the proper ID so they can exercise their right to vote without confusion or embarrassment at the polls. Election officials are required to ask for a photo ID. So know your rights, be prepared, and make every vote count!

If you have moved or changed your name, you must change your driver's license and voter registration which you can do at the Secretary of State's office. Always sign your name the same way.

Absentee Voting

A person who registers to vote by mail or online must vote in person in the first election in which he or she participates. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled or voters who are 60 years of age or older. (Voting in person on one governmental level clears the restriction on the other levels. For example, if a voter subject to the restriction votes in person at a school election, the voter would be free to obtain an absentee ballot for the first state election in which he or she wishes to participate.)

If you are subject to the "voting in person" requirement and have a need for an absent voter ballot, you can satisfy the requirement by requesting an absent voter ballot in person from the clerk of the city or township where you are registered to vote by the day preceding the election. Requests to have an absentee voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your city, county or township clerk no later than 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. After receiving your absentee voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk's office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day along with all ballots voted at the polls.

In this day of gerrymandering, voter suppression laws being passed in 41 states in the last three years and the Supreme Court decision regarding the Voting Rights Act, it is all the more important that you vote in every election, even ones you consider unimportant. Many local elections are won by only a few votes and the candidate elected may or may not have your best interest in mind. So voice your opinion by voting in every election. Don't give up your right to vote!

Vote411: Ballot Lookup Tool

Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

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