How to vote in Michigan’s 2022 primary elections

Michigan’s primary elections are on August 2, 2022, but you can vote absentee before Election Day.

Vote early if possible—it’s never been so easy and convenient. Anyone in Michigan can apply for an absentee ballot, with no reason needed. You have a right to vote!

Visit the Michigan Voter Information Center at mi.gov/vote to:


Check which new Michigan district you’re in. Rashida is running for re-election in Michigan’s new 12th congressional district, following Michigan’s 2022 redistricting process. About two-thirds of the current residents she now serves in Congress live in the new 12th district.

New 12th Congressional District in Michigan

You can find resources in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Bengali on https://www.michiganvoting.org.

You can call the Michigan Election Protection hotlines for assistance at any time:

  • For assistance in English, call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
  • Para recibir ayuda en español, llama a 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) 
  • 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) :للمساعدة باللغة العربية، اتصل على 
  • ‬‬‬‬For assistance in Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Urdu or Vietnamese call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)

You can register and vote in Michigan if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
       
  • You are a resident of a city or township in Michigan for at least 30 days (or will have been a resident for 30+ days by Election Day). You don’t have to be housed to vote! You can register to vote using a street corner, park, shelter or any other place where you usually stay as your address. You can also provide an address of an advocacy organization or someone who will accept mail for you.
       
  • You are at least 17.5 years old and will be 18 years old by Election Day.
       
  • You are NOT currently serving a sentence in jail or prison.
  • You CAN vote if you are:

In jail awaiting trial/sentencing (by absentee ballot)

Awaiting arraignment (the process of having a judge formally present charges against you)

Charged with a felony but not convicted

Newly released from jail or prison (including people with felony convictions)

On parole or probation (including people with felony convictions)

In the process of appealing a conviction

Note: You can register to vote online at mi.gov/vote between now and July 18. From July 19 – August 2, you’ll need to register in-person at your city/township clerk’s office (and you can find their address and hours at mi.gov/vote, as well).


What to bring if you go in-person to register to vote at your city/township clerk’s office:

Provide “proof of residency”: a document with your name and your current address in the city/township where you live. Paper or electronic copies of any of the following documents will work:

  • A Michigan driver’s license or state ID card
  • A utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check
  • Any other government document

You don’t have to be housed to vote! You can register to vote using a street corner, park, shelter or any other place where you usually stay as your address. You can also provide an address of an advocacy organization or someone who will accept mail for you.


If you go in-person to vote at your city/township clerk’s office (which you can do right after registering in-person):

  • If English is your second language, you are allowed to bring someone to help translate for you and help you complete your ballot (anyone except your employer or union). 
  • If you are blind, disabled, or unable to read or write, you have the right to bring someone to assist you with voting (anyone except your employer or union).
  • You do NOT need a photo ID to vote. (But if you have it, bring it with you and provide it to the poll worker. Otherwise, you can sign a simple form and still vote.) 
  • A small number of first-time voters who registered through the mail or a voter registration drive may need to provide some documentation to vote. Electronic or paper copies of any of the following will work:
    1. A photo ID with your name and picture (regardless of the address or if it has an address, from any state)
    2. A non-photo ID with your name and address on it, like a:
      • Current utility bill
      • Bank statement
      • Paycheck stub
      • Government check
      • Any other government document