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EARLY VOTING

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Michigan voters can now vote early before each statewide and federal election. Learn more below. 

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EARLY VOTING BASICS

This section provides an overview of early voting in Michigan.

What is early voting?

Early voting is the opportunity to cast a ballot in person before Election Day. For voters, the early voting experience will be similar to the experience of voting at a polling place on Election Day and will include the act of inserting the voter’s completed ballot into a tabulator.

 

Where will early voting take place?

Early voting will take place at “early voting sites.” An early voting site will operate similarly to an Election Day polling location but can be set up to serve voters from more than one city or township. Early voting sites can also serve more voters than an Election Day polling location can serve. 

When will early voting take place?

Michigan’s constitution requires cities and townships to offer early voting in each statewide and federal election for at least nine consecutive days, beginning on the second Saturday before the election and ending on the Sunday before the election, for at least eight hours each day. The first election in which early voting is constitutionally required will be the 2024 Presidential Primary election, but some communities piloted early voting in 2023.

Can communities offer early voting even when it's not required?

Yes. Cities and townships have the flexibility to offer early voting in additional elections and to add additional days and hours beyond what the constitution requires.

Can communities work together to offer early voting?

Yes. Communities within a county can work together or with the county to offer early voting to voters. Local election officials in each county are strongly encouraged to begin discussing plans for early voting in their community as soon as possible.

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VOTING EARLY IN THE

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY

All Michigan voters can vote early in the February 27 Presidential Primary. This section explains how. To learn how to vote before Election Day using an absentee ballot (either in person or by mail), click here.

 

Follow these steps to vote at an early voting site in the February 27 Presidential Primary:

STEP 1: Find out when and where early voting is offered for your community. To find this information, visit mi.gov/vote and click on “your voter information.” You can also call your city or township clerk and ask for this information. Early voting must be available from Saturday, February 17 through Sunday, February 25 for at least eight hours each day. Some communities will have early voting for additional days and hours.

STEP 2: Go to an early voting site for your community and check in with the poll workers. 

STEP 3: Complete your ballot, place it in a secrecy sleeve, and deposit it into the tabulator–just like you do at your polling place on Election Day.

Call the Election Protection hotlines for assistance at any time.  

For assistance in English, call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
 

Para recibir ayuda en español, llama a 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682). 

 

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For assistance in Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu or Vietnamese call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683).

For additional information or questions, email: questions@michiganvoting.org.

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