What you need before going to the polls

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Kalamazoo Precincts 2 and 4 vote at WMU's Bernhard Center.

KALAMAZOO—Long lines are expected at polling places throughout the country Election Day, Nov. 6. To help speed the process, here are some things you'll need and need to know before going to the polls.

Check your sample ballot

Before you go to the polls, know where you are suppose to vote and how you plan to vote. Don't stand in line 20 minutes only to discover you're at the wrong location. It takes less than 30 seconds to find out online where you are supposed to vote and download a sample ballot for your precinct.

Decide how you're going to vote before you go to the polls.

  • For each national, state and local contest
  • For nonpartisan contests for Michigan Supreme Court
  • For each state and local ballot proposal

Bring a photo ID

The most readily accepted photo IDs are a Michigan driver's license or identification card, but you may also use a college photo ID and some other forms of photo identification. If you forget your photo ID, you can still vote by signing a brief affidavit, but that will take a little longer.

What should you not wear

You cannot wear, display or distribute campaign-related materials within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling location. If you go to the polls wearing a campaign shirt, cap or button, you will be asked to remove or cover it.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6

Voting is typically lightest mid-morning, 9 to 11 a.m., and mid-afternoon, 2 to 4 p.m.

Western Michigan University offers complete Michigan voter information at wmich.edu/vote, including eligibility and deadlines for voting absentee.