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Michigan absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received by 4pm 1 day before Election Day (if already registered); received before 8pm on Election Day (if a new/updated registrant). If you request your absentee ballot the day before the election or on Election Day, you must vote the ballot in the clerk's office.
  • By Mail: Received 4 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 4 days before Election Day.

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Received by the time the polls close on Election Day.

Michigan absentee ballot rules

Any registered Michigan voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Michigan absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. if you're printing the form, sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Official will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.