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Elections and Voter Information

Everything you need to know about elections in your area

Contains information on The Next Election in your area or state, information on how to Register to Vote, Voter Information, and About Voting (early, absentee, by mail, or at the polls).

The Next Election

On November 6, 2018, the General Election is scheduled to elect the Governor of Michigan and other federal, state, and local officials.

Wonder if you are registered to vote? Click the LWV icon to check.

Not sure where to vote? Click the LWV icon to find your polling place.

Absentee Voting


What is an absentee ballot? An absentee ballot is a way of voting by mail if you are unable to get to your polling place on election day.

Who is eligible for an absentee ballot? To be eligible for an absentee ballot, you must fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • 60 years or older
  • Unable to vote without assistance
  • Will be out of town during the election
  • In jail waiting arraignment or trial
  • Unable to go to the polls due to religion
  • Plan to work as an election inspector in a precinct other than yours

How do I obtain an absentee ballot? To obtain an absentee ballot, you must submit a written request to your Elections Clerk by 2 p.m. on the Saturday before an election. Your request must indicate that you fit at least one of the above criteria as well as your signature. To download an absentee ballot request, form, go to:

How does a university student who is a first time voter get an absentee ballot to vote in a city other than his or her permanent address? The student must appear with picture ID at the Election Clerk office nearest the university. The clerk will issue a paper verifying the student's identity. This paper is mailed with a request for an absentee ballot to the student's city or township clerk, who will then send the student an absentee ballot.

Detroit Area Elected Officials Guide

Click Here for the LWV Detroit Elected Officials Guide which provides contact information on elected officials in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck.