Voter Registration

Students registering to vote at Wayne County Community College

Why Voter Registration Matters

Every eligible voter should have a fair and equal opportunity to register to vote and to cast their ballot. Millions of Americans miss the opportunity to vote because they don’t know how to register or they miss their state’s deadline to register.

What We Do

As the nation’s largest and longest-standing grassroots voter registration organization, each year our volunteers register voters and host community voter registration drives throughout our communities (Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park). We concentrate our registration drives at locations that reach large numbers of unregistered voters, including high schools, community colleges, and naturalization ceremonies. We also help thousands of Americans register to vote online at VOTE411.org.

LWV Detroit Voter Registration at East Market (October 15, 2020)

We do this to ensure all eligible Americans — especially first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, communities of color, and low-income Americans — have the opportunity to register and vote.

Check our Calendar for the latest events and information regarding League voter registration drives in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park.

We continue to strengthen democracy through voter registration and voter education…even during the novel coronavirus pandemic⏤

LWV Detroit Voter Registration Drives in the Community:

  • High Schools for students 18 years of age (teachers + staff, too)
  • Naturalization ceremonies
  • Shelters for the homeless, such as COTS
  • University and community college campuses in Wayne County
  • Apartment complexes for people with limited mobility, seniors, and low income individuals
  • Community events
LWV Detroit Voter Registration Drive at Wayne County Community College

Voter registration is more important than ever, as COVID-19 has changed the landscape of voting in general. The wide array of changes to voting policy occurring in response to the coronavirus outbreak makes it even more crucial that voters register or update their registrations as needed well in advance of Election Day. 

That’s why thousands of organizations, companies, celebrities, and everyday Americans across the country are spreading the word about the importance of checking your voter registration—and a record-breaking nearly 600 League partners across the country are joining them. 

National Voter Registration Month

In 2002, Secretaries of State established September as National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and increase awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting. 

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Have you recently moved, changed your name, or had your voting rights restored? Get help using the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) non-partisan voting assistance website, CanIVote.org.

If you are not sure which state applies to your living situation, contact local election officials for help with registering to vote. You can also visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission website to download a federal mail-in voter registration application, which is also available for voter registration activities.

Led by a coalition of voter advocacy and nonprofit groups, National Voter Registration Day is taking place this year on September 20, 2022. This initiative has the support of NASS and its members.  

Remember:

  • Online and mail requests for an absent voter ballot must be received by your township or city clerk no later than 5 pm the Friday before the election.
  • On Election Day, voters can register to vote in person at their city or township clerk’s office or satellite office with proof of residency.

For more information on NASS and frequently asked questions regarding voter registration data, visit https://www.nass.org/initiatives/national-voter-registration-month.

2018 Promote the Vote Kickoff ⏤ LWV Detroit President Rhonda Craig (middle, 2nd row) with ACLU, NAACP & VNP