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Registering to Vote

In order to get registered to vote there are a few simple steps you must take. First, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by election day, and a resident both of Michigan and the city or township where you're registering to vote.

Second, you must fill out the registration application. You must be registered at least 15 days prior to an upcoming election to vote in that election. You can register to vote online and find the application, along with instructions, here. Here is a link to the voter registration application at the SOS. You can also make an appointment and acquire the application at any number of offices, including your local Secretary of State office, you local clerk's office, offices of state agencies like Dept. of Health and Human Services offices, and at voter registration drives. 

Third, if you mail your registration application to the appropriate official, you'll need to supply a photocopy of your driver's license or other personal I.D., or a photocopy of a pay stub, utility bill, or some other document with your name and address. If you filled out the part of the application asking for your driver's license number you don't have to send in anything extra, nor do you have to send in any documents if you turn in your registration application in person.

Fourth, the local clerk will process your application and send you a voter registration card that you should keep with your at all times, in a wallet or purse. The voter registration card will contain information such as your precinct and the location where you'll cast your ballot every election. 

Finally, when you got to your polling location to vote you must provide an accepted photo I.D. If you fail to bring one you can still vote by signing an affidavit. You can find the list of accepted photo identifications here

That's it! Fill out an application, get a voter registration card, bring a photo I.D., and vote! For more information about registering to vote, check out the Michigan Secretary of State's information on registering to vote.

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