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Key Dates and Deadlines

Tuesday, Oct. 20 through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3: Voter registration allowed in-person at local clerk
Friday, Oct. 30 at 5 p.m.: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail (though SOS does not encourage requesting ballots by mail this close to Election Day)
Tues, Nov. 3: In-person voting begins with polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m., Nov. 3

Register to Vote

Monday, Oct. 19: Voter registration deadline by mail or online
Oct. 20 - Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Voter registration in-person at local clerk's office
Register to vote or check your registration status.

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Thursday, Sept. 24: Absentee begin being mailed out

Friday, Oct. 30: Deadline to request absentee ballot by mail (The Secretary of State is encouraging people to no longer use the mail and instead request a ballot in person)

Monday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m.: Deadline to request and fill out absentee ballot in-person at local clerk's office if you're already registered to vote.

Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.: Deadline to request and fill out absentee in-person at local clerk's office if you are registering to vote or updating your address.

Track your absentee ballot and find your absentee ballot drop box location here. Click on "who is my clerk?"

In-person Voting

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

You need to bring ID. If you don't, you can still vote. You have to sign an affidavit and then you can vote.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I do not have a valid ID?
If you do not have a valid ID, you can still vote. You have to sign an affidavit saying you are the person who is voting, and then you can vote.

What if I need to change my absentee ballot?

If you have already voted absentee and wish to change your vote, you can spoil your ballot by submitting a written request to your city or township clerk. You must sign the request and state if they would like a new absentee ballot mailed to them or if they will vote at the polls. This request must be received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election if received by mail. An absentee ballot may be spoiled in person at the clerk’s office until 4 p.m. the Monday prior to the election. The voter can obtain a new absentee ballot there or vote at the polls. There is no option on Election Day to spoil an absentee ballot that has been received by the clerk.

What are my voting options if I'm a member of the armed forces or overseas?
Click here to learn how to vote if you are a member of the armed forces or are otherwise overseas.