2020 Voter Information
If you are a Michigan resident and you are not registered:
You can choose to register to vote at your home address or in Mt. Pleasant.
#1 If you choose to register to vote at your home address, you will need to either drive home to vote on Election Day or vote by absentee ballot (see next section).
#2 If you choose to register to vote in Mt. Pleasant, you can do so, using your current Mt. Pleasant residence as your address. Remember that each time you change your address in Mt. Pleasant (residence hall to apartment, for example), you will need to change your address on your driver’s license which will automatically update your voter registration.
If you are a Michigan resident and think you are registered to vote or aren’t sure, it is important to check. You can do so at www.mi.gov/vote.
If you are registered, you will also find current election dates and what is on the ballot where you are registered.
If you are an out-of-state student, you have two choices in order to vote. You can either choose to vote in your home state (absentee ballot) or you can choose to register to vote in Mt. Pleasant while you are a student at CMU.
If you choose to vote in your home state, you can check your state’s voter registration requirements at https://www.campusvoteproject.org/state-student-voting-guides and follow your state’s guidelines for registering and voting absentee.
If you choose to register to vote in Mt. Pleasant, you can do so, using your current Mt. Pleasant residence as your address. Download a paper registration form available online at www.mi.gov/vote or fill out a paper registration form at a voter registration drive and deliver it to the City or Township Clerk depending on where you live in Mt Pleasant. Remember that each time you change your address in Mt. Pleasant (residence hall to apartment, for example), you will need to change your voter registration. As an out-of-state student, you do not need to change your driver’s license to Michigan.
If you have a valid Michigan driver’s license or state ID, you can now register online without using paper at all. Go to www.mi.gov/vote and click on Register to Vote Online.
Everyone is now eligible to vote via absentee ballot in Michigan. In order to do so, you must request online to have an absentee ballot sent to you. You can choose to have the absentee ballot sent to you at your Mt. Pleasant address or at your permanent home address (if you go home on weekends).
To request an absentee ballot, go to www.mi.gov/vote and click on “Apply for an absentee ballot online.” Follow the directions on the screen to send your request. If you have any problems, call the Clerk for your voting district (contact information available where it was indicated that you are registered).
Be sure to indicate where you want your ballot sent. If you live in a residence hall, write in both the street address of the hall AND your hall and room number. If you want it sent to your permanent home address, be sure to go home to get the ballot in sufficient time to complete it and return it to your clerk’s office.
You can choose to be added to the permanent list (you will be sent an absentee ballot application for all elections). If you do elect to be added to the permanent list, be sure you update your address at www.michigan.gov/sos every time you move.
Once you have your ballot, fill it out , sign across the back (use the same signature you used on your driver’s license), and return it in one of two ways:
Mail it, using two stamps and allowing two weeks for delivery of the ballot via mail.
Deliver it in person to your clerk’s office or to their drop box when you are home. Note: You cannot simply drop your ballot in any clerk’s drop box; it must be the drop box of the clerk where you are registered.
Be sure to track your ballot – when your application was received, when your ballot was sent to you, and when your ballot was received. This tracking appears on your voter registration page (www.mi.gov/vote).
Preparing to Vote
You can learn about each candidate’s positions at www.Vote411.org, a nonpartisan resource provided by the League of Women Voters. Once you have entered your address, you will be able to see all the races on your personal ballot as well as click on any two candidates and see their responses to the same question.
Remember, you do not need to vote for every position. If you are not comfortable voting
for any specific position, leave those parts of the ballot blank and your ballot will still count.
NOW – Register to vote online (After October 19, will have to register in person at clerk’s office)
NOW – Request your absentee ballot if voting absentee (latest – suggested by October 13)
September 28 – In-person eary absentee voting (Starting September 28, you can go to your clerk’s office, request the absentee ballot application, fill it out, hand it in, receive your absentee ballot, fill it out, and hand it in. In essence, you will have now voted in the November 3 election!)
November 3 – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm – General election – voting in person where you are registered