One of the fundamental rights of our democracy
is the right to vote. Any U.S. citizen who is at least age 18 on
Election Day is eligible.
But before you can cast a ballot, you must
register. Voter registration forms are available at any Secretary of
State office, online at Michigan.gov/elections or from your local
clerk. This outlines what you need to know about registering to
vote and voting. This election year, make sure your voice is heard –
register and vote!
To register to vote, you must be:
« A U.S.
« At least
18 years old by Election Day;
resident of Michigan and the city or township where you are applying
to register to vote.
How: You can register to vote
for federal, state and local elections by mail; at your county, city
or township clerk’s office; or by visiting any Secretary of State
office. In addition, agencies providing services through the
Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health and
the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs officer voter
registration services to their clients. Military recruitment centers
also provide voter registration services. You may also
register at the same time you renew your driver’s license by mail.
Eligible drivers receive a voter registration application in the
mail with their driver’s license renewal information.
Voter ID Requirement: If you
are registering to vote in person, state law requires you to either
show picture ID or sign an affidavit attesting that you are not in
possession of picture ID. See the “Voter ID Requirement” section
under the “TO VOTE” information later in this brochure for a list of
acceptable picture ID documents.
When: You must register at
least 30 days before the election. This gives the clerk time to
process the forms and send you a Voter Identification Card.
Change of Address: If you move
within a city or township, you must update your address. This can
be handled through your local clerk, at a Secretary of State office,
online at ExpressSOS.com, by mail or at any other location where
voter registrations are accepted. Whenever you move to a new city or
township, you must re-register to vote. The residential address used
for your voter registration must be the same as the address on your
driver’s license. Consequently, when you submit a driver’s license
address change, it will be applied to your voter registration.
Similarly, when you submit a voter registration address change, it
will be applied to your driver’s license.
For First Time Voters: If you
have never voted in Michigan and register by mail, you must appear
in person to vote in the first election in which you wish to
This requirement does not apply if:
you personally hand deliver the mail-in registration form to your
county, city or township clerk’s office (instead of mailing the
you are age 60 or older, you are disabled, or
you are eligible to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
Absentee Voting Act.
If you have never voted in Michigan and
register by mail, you also may be subject to identification
requirement provided under federal law. The identification
requirements are explained on the mail-in registration form.
Voter in the Military or Outside the
United States: A Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form
can be used to register. The FPCA form is available online at
fvap.gov from the Federal Voting Assistance Program and is
distributed through U.S. embassies and military bases. A Michigan
resident who moves and registers out of state may not re-register to
vote in Michigan until he or she re-establishes residency here.
To Vote simply appear at your assigned polling place on
Election Day. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: Your Voter Identification Card lists your
precinct number and your assigned polling place location. If you do
not receive your card within three weeks after registering, contact
your city or township clerk’s office to confirm your registration
status. You also may check your status online at the Michigan Voter
Information Center at Michigan.gov/vote.
Niles City Residents Vote in the Following
Ward 1/Precinct 1
Niles Senior High School
Ward 2/Precinct 2
Eastside Connection School
315 N. 14th Street
Ward 3/Precinct 3
Niles Fire Station
1345 East Main
Ward 4/Precinct 4
Voter ID Requirement: When you
arrive at your polling place to vote, state law requires you to
either show picture ID or sign an affidavit attesting that you are
not in possession of picture ID. You can satisfy the ID requirement
by showing a Michigan driver’s license or state ID card. If you do
not possess either document, you may show any of the following forms
of picture ID as long as it is current: driver’s license or ID card
issued by another state, a federal or state government-issued photo
ID, a U.S. passport, a military ID card with a photo, a tribal ID
card with a photo or a student ID with a photo from a high school or
an accredited institution of higher education. If you do not bring a
picture ID to the polls or do not own picture ID, you can vote like
any other voter by signing an affidavit that will be provided to
Absentee Ballot: Absentee
ballots are available for all elections. You may vote by absentee
ballot if you:
unable to attend the polls without assistance;
« Are age
60 or older;
to be absent from your city or township for the entire time the
polls are open on Election Day;
« Are in
jail awaiting arraignment or trial;
been assigned to work as a precinct inspector in a precinct other
than where you are registered; or
unable to attend the polls because of religious beliefs.
If any of these situations exist, you can
obtain an absentee ballot by writing your city or township clerk.
You must state the reason why you need an absentee ballot and you
must sign the request. A preprinted absentee ballot application form
is available from your city or township clerk upon request.
Application forms also are available online at
Send the completed application to your city or
township clerk. Find contact information for your city or township
clerk online at the Michigan Voter Information Center at Michigan.
Voters in the Military and Outside the
A Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) also can
be used to apply for an absentee ballot if you are a military voter,
a spouse or dependent of a military voter, or outside the United
States. The law also permits such voters to receive their ballot
electronically via email or fax. For more information available
online, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program at fvap.gov or
the Michigan Bureau of Elections at Michigan.gov/elections.
Absentee Ballot Deadline:
you want an absentee ballot mailed to you, your application must be
received by 2 p.m. the Saturday before the election. Make your
request early to allow for delivery time. A voter eligible to vote
by absentee ballot also may vote in person at the clerk’s office any
time up to 4 p.m. the day before the election. All absentee ballots
must be received by the clerk’s office no later than 8 p.m. on
Election Day. If you know before the August primary that you will be
unable to vote in person at the November general election, you may
request absentee ballots for both the August primary and November
general election at the same time.
Emergency Absentee Ballot:
may be eligible for an emergency absentee ballot if a family death
or illness requires you to leave your community on Election Day, or
you are unable to attend the polls because of personal illness or
accident. The emergency must have occurred late enough that you
could not file a regular absentee ballot request. Have someone
deliver your written request for an emergency absentee ballot to the
clerk’s office before 4p.m. on Election Day. Emergency ballots must
be returned by 8p.m. on Election Day.
Voter Who Require Assistance
Special accommodations are available for
voters who are disabled. If you require voting assistance, ask the
election workers for help; a reason for the needed assistance does
not have to be stated. Two inspectors will assist you in the voting
station. An elector who is blind, disabled, or unable to read or
write may be assisted with his or her ballot by any person of the
voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of that
employer, or an officer or agent of a union to which the voter
belongs. A voter-assist terminal is available for use by voters who
are disabled. This ballot marking device is designed to permit
voters who are disabled to vote independently without the assistance
of another person. For more information, contact your city or
township clerk. Hearing-impaired residents may contact the Bureau of
Elections at 517-373-2540 by calling the Michigan Relay Center toll
free at 1-800-649-3777.
Use your smartphone to visit the Michigan Voter
Information Center to view your sample ballot, check your
registration status and find your polling location with this QR