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If you register to vote by mail you MUST vote in person the first time you vote. You cannot vote by absentee ballot. The restriction does not apply to overseas voters, voters who are disabled, or voters who are 60 years of age or older.


Michigan absentee ballot deadlines

  • Absentee ballot application deadlines: Received by 2:00 p.m. on the Sat. before Election Day
  • Voted ballots are due: Received by the close of polls on Election Day

Michigan absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Michigan if:
  • you are 60 years old or older
  • you are unable to vote without assistance at the polls
  • you are expecting to be out of town on Election Day
  • you are in jail awaiting arraignment or trial
  • you are unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons
  • you are appointed to work as Election Day inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

Michigan absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once you receive your ballot...

  • Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  • Sign and date where indicated.
  • Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  • Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.