FIRST TIME VOTING?
WARNING: MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW RESTRICTS THE RIGHTS OF FIRST TIME VOTERS. INFORM YOURSELF!
DOWNLOAD THIS HANDY SUMMARY WHICH DETAILS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO CAST YOUR BALLOT.
MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW IS COMPLEX BECAUSE HOW YOU REGISTER DETERMINES HOW YOU CAN VOTE.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO REGISTER:
1) “IN PERSON” and
2) “BY MAIL”
Just remember this:
Those who register “by mail” cannot vote via mail in absentee ballot the first time they vote (subject to some exceptions)
This may pose a problem for students because
1) Election day is on a Tuesday
2) If you do not vote “mail in absentee,” you MUST vote at the town/city that is named in your driver’s license address.
IF YOU CANNOT BE AT HOME ON 11/8/16 and YOU WANT TO VOTE THEN YOU HAVE THREE OPTIONS:
1) REGISTER TO VOTE IN PERSON BY 10/11/16. You can do this at any of the 144 Secretary of State Offices or at your City/County/Township Clerk Office (registering “in person,” gives you the right to vote via mail-in absentee ballot)
2) If you have already registered to vote in Michigan but *outside* of Mt. Pleasant you need to change your address by 10/11/16. You can do this at any Secretary of State or at http://www.expressSOS.com
3) Drive home and visit your city/township/county clerk by 2pm 11/05/16, request an application to vote via absentee ballot, if you can do so fill it out, and vote in person right there.
A service of the Center for International Ethics at Central Michigan University