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

No LWV Membership Fee for Students

Join the League Now!

Effective immediately, the League will not charge student* membership fees to join the LWV of Detroit, the LWVMI, and the LWVUS. This waiver program will run through January 31, 2020.

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."

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 students 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.

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

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

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

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.