Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Michigan vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: August 20, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 30, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 30, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 30, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Michigan vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, every registered voter will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.
Any registered Michigan voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Michigan voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of June 2020.
Some counties may provide pre-paid postage for mail ballots. Please check with your local election official.
Michigan vote by mail ID requirements
To request a ballot ONLINE, you need your Michigan driver's license number, state ID number, and the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you do not need ID.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Michigan vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail
Your local election office processes your application
Your local election office sends your ballot to you
You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.