If I register to vote by mail, do I need to be aware of any special requirements?

You must meet an identification requirement under federal law. That means you must:

  • Enter your state-issued driver's license number or personal ID card number where requested on the registration form, or
  • Send one of the following forms of identification when mailing this form to your county, city or township clerk:
    • A photocopy of a current and valid photo identification (such as a driver's license or personal ID card) or
    • A photocopy of a paycheck stub, utility bill, bank statement or a government document that lists your name and address.
  • OR if you are unable to fulfill this requirement at the time of registration, you may provide one of the above items at the polls on election day to complete the process.

Never send an original document.

If you don't fulfill that requirement, you will be asked for an acceptable form of identification before you vote in your first election in Michigan. The identification requirement does not apply if:

  • You personally hand-deliver the registration form to your county, city or township clerk's office instead of mailing the form, or,
  • You are disabled, or
  • You are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

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1. Who qualifies for an absent voter ballot?
2. How do I get an absent voter ballot?
3. How can I check on the status of my absent voter ballot request?
4. What hours are the polls open on Election Day?
5. Does Michigan allow early voting?
6. How does the voter ID requirement affect me if I vote with an absent voter ballot?
7. What is the Voter ID requirement?
8. How do I determine where I go to vote?
9. How can I learn about the candidates and proposals in my area?
10. Can I use a camera in the polls?
11. If I register to vote by mail, do I need to be aware of any special requirements?
12. Must I vote the entire ballot?
13. Can I wear election-related clothing to the polls?
14. When is the absent voter ballot due?
15. May I request an Emergency Absentee Ballot?