Voter registration available until July 7

LANSING— Michigan residents have until July 7, to register in order to vote in the Aug. 5 primary, said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.

“Registering takes just a few moments of your time, and the benefits are boundless,” said Johnson, Michigan’s chief election officer. “Once you register, you are able to vote in Michigan elections and make your voice heard. I encourage you to register today.”

The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants must also be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register.

Voters may register by mail or in person at their county, city or township clerk’s office or by visiting any Secretary of State office. The mail-in form is available at First-time voters who register by mail must vote in person in their first election, unless they hand-deliver the application to their local clerk, are 60 years old or older, are disabled or are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.

Voters who qualify may choose to cast an absentee ballot. As a registered voter, you may obtain an absentee ballot if you are age 60 or older; physically unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another; expecting to be absent from the community in which you are registered for the entire time the polls will be open on Election Day; in jail awaiting arraignment or trial; unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons or will be working as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

Voters who don’t have a Michigan driver’s license or identification card can show the following forms of photo ID, as long as they are current:

Driver’s license or personal identification card issued by another state.

Federal or state government-issued photo identification.

U.S. passport.

Military identification card with photo.


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