Making Democracy Work

Voter Registration

LWV Voter Registration Drives

The LWV of Detroit holds voter registration drives at schools in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park as well as at Wayne County Community College and various local area events throughout metro Detroit. Refer to the LWV website calendar for Voter Registration events. Anyone interested in registering to vote can attend one of these free and accessible voter registration drives.

Picture of LWV Detroit President Rhonda Craig and State Board Member Deborah Bunkley at Wayne County Community College Voter Registration Drive
President Rhonda Craig and State Board Member Deborah Bunkley at the WCCC Voter Registration drive

Online Voter Registration Begins!

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced on December 2, 2019 that Michiganders can now register to vote or update their voter registration online at http://www.Michigan.gov/voterregistration.

The secure, web-based online voter registration tool is available to citizens with a valid Michigan driver's license or state ID card. Michigan residents without these documents can learn more about how they can register to vote by visiting the site. All other methods of voter registration, including registration by mail, will remain available. Michigan also began implementing automatic voter registration in September as part of driver's license and state ID card transactions.

Residents who know they're not registered to vote at their current address can access the voter registration tool directly by visiting http://www.Michigan.gov/VoterRegistration. Users will then be asked to verify their eligibility and provide identifying information including their driver's license or state ID card number. After they verify their identity, users will have the opportunity to register to vote or update their voter registration if they are already registered.

If residents are not sure whether they are registered to vote, they can visit http://www.Michigan.gov/Vote to find out. If they are not registered, the site provides a link to the online voter registration tool.

Online voter registration is available on any web-connected device, including tablets and smart phones.

Voter Registration Application

The following is a direct link to information on how to register to vote in your area including where, when, and what documents are needed to complete the voter registration process. The last page is a voter registration application form you can print and take to your local township clerk.

Voter Registration Information & Application

No LWV Membership Fee for Students

Join the League Now!

Until January 31, 2020, the League will not charge student* membership fees to join the LWV of Detroit, the LWVMI, and the LWVUS.

The LWV of Detroit encourages all students (at least 16 years of age) to join the League by filling out the Membership Information Form and mailing to the LWV of Detroit PO Box. For more information and a link to the Membership Information Form, refer to the main menu on the site and click on "Join LWV of Detroit."

See IMPORTANT NOTICE below regarding the elimination of "must vote in person" requirement for first-time mail-in registrants.

*LWV recognizes a student as anyone registered at an accredited high school or college and enrolled in at least one one-credit course.

Elimination of "Must Vote in Person"

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of March 2019, the MI Secretary of State has eliminated the "must vote in person" requirement for first-time mail-in registrants (or if one registers with a group such as LWV without a clerk present).

This means registrants/new voters do not have to vote in person the first time voting. They can register at home and request an absentee ballot for their first election.

Voter Registration Best Practices

Photo of LWV members holding Voter Registration at Wayne State University
LWV of Detroit holding a Voter Registration Drive at Wayne State University (from left to right: Mary Cocanougher, Cheryl Bukoff, Susan Slattery, Joann Spenser, and Deborah Bunkley)

Click the following link for 2018 voter registration best practices which include:

  • Tips for hosting a voter registration drive
  • Scripts for Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
  • Youth Voter Registration Training Manual
  • Tips for utilizing online voter registration

https://www.lwv.org/league-management/elections-tools/2018-voter-registration-best-practices