Voting

Upcoming ElectionS: Presidential election, November 3, 2020

Make your voting plan for Fall 2020

Are you eligible to vote?
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • At least 18 years old by Election Day. You may register to vote at age 17, provided you will be 18 on or before Election Day.
  • A resident of the city or township where you are applying to register to vote. 

Register and Vote Early!

Visit TurboVote to:

  • Check Voter Registration
  • Register To Vote
  • Make a Voting Plan
  • Get Election Reminders

It's best to double-check with your state for any recent changes to election rules in your state.

Visit wmich.TURBOVote.org

Voting in Michigan

VOTE EARLY AT A CITY CLERK’S OFFICE

NEW THIS YEAR: Use your Kalamazoo address to vote at the Bernhard Center! The city of Kalamazoo has opened a satellite clerk's office on the first floor of the Bernhard Center. You can register and vote in one visit at the Bernhard Center NOW through Election Day.

  • You can register to vote and vote in person at the clerk’s office where you are registered in one trip.

  • Though you can register and vote at the clerk’s office through Election Day, we suggest voting early to avoid lines.

VOTING AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY

  • Polls in Michigan will still be open on November 3rd from 7am to 8pm. 

  • You must vote where you are registered. 

  • You will be asked to show ID when you check in to vote. If you don’t have one, you can still vote by signing a form that says you didn’t have an ID. Your vote will still be counted.

  • This year, you can expect to see poll workers in PPE, plexiglass, extra sanitization, and social distancing in effect.

  • Due to this, voters can expect delays at the polls.

  • Voters are encouraged to wear a mask. 

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VOTING IN PERSON

VOTE BY MAIL

ATTENTION: If you haven't mailed your ballot yet, you should either hand-deliver it OR use your Kalamazoo address to re-register and vote in person in Kalamazoo. You can contact the clerk's office in the Bernhard Center to get assistance with getting a new ballot. 

  • All registered voters in Michigan have the right to vote by mail and may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason.
  • You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot, but you can register and apply for an absent voter ballot at the same time.
  • Your absentee ballot must be in your clerk’s hands by Election Day; allow at least two weeks for mail to travel. We suggest sending in your ballot by October 19th or dropping it off in the designated secure dropbox.
  • If postage is necessary, only one stamp is required to mail your ballot.

  • It's a safe way to vote and protect your health, and the process is secure and accurate. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT VOTING ABSENTEE

REGISTER TO VOTE

  • Check or update your Michigan voter registration at the Michigan Voter Information Center.
  • The last day to register to vote online in Michigan for the Nov. 3rd election is October 19th. (You must have a valid Michigan Driver’s License in order to register online)
  • From 14 days prior to an election through Election Day, register in person with your Michigan clerk.
  • You must establish residency in the Michigan city or township where you want to vote 30 days prior to an election.

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