Deadline to register to vote in November 2012 General Election is Tuesday, October 9

(WXYZ) - Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding state residents that they only have a few more days to register to vote in the November General Election.

In Michigan the deadline to register to vote on November 6 is Tuesday, October 9.

In order to register to vote, applicants must be a US citizen and they must be 18-years-old by Election Day. They must also be a resident of both Michigan and the city or township in which they want to vote.

If you need to register, you can do so by mail by filling out a form found online , by visiting the county, city or township clerk's office, or at any Secretary of State office.

You can check your registration status and view your ballot online.

Registered voters can apply to received an absentee ballot. However, you must meet one of the following criteria. 

  • age 60 or older.
  • physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another.
  • expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day.
  • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial.
  • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons.
  • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

To receive an absentee ballot by mail you must submit an application by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3. Absentee ballots can also be picked up anytime through 4:00 p.m .on Monday, November 5. However, anyone anyone asking for an absentee ballot on November 5 will be required to fill the ballot out in the clerk's office.

The Secretary of State is reminding voters that they will be asked to provide identification when they go to the polls on Election Day. They will be asked to provide a valid photo ID, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. Any of the following photo IDs will also be accepted, as long as they are current:

  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by another state.
  • Federal or state government-issued photo identification.
  • U.S. passport.
  • Military identification card with photo.
  • Student identification with photo from a high school or an accredited institution of higher education, such as a college or university.
  • Tribal identification card with photo.

Any registered voter who does not possess an acceptable form of photo ID at the time they go to the polls can still vote. They will be required to sign a brief affidavit stating that they are not in possession of photo ID, after which they can fill out their ballot.

The polls will be open on Election Day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

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