Vote early or on election day
In our community dedicated to the public good, we believe that participating in democracy is an irreplaceable way to strengthen it. We welcome everyone in our community into that work, and we strongly encourage all eligible citizens to vote in the upcoming election, and in all elections.
Michigan voter checklist and overview
Voting in a state other than Michigan? Keep scrolling for resources on getting registered and involved.
Voting in Ann Arbor
If you're voting in Ann Arbor, the easiest thing to do is to go to the Ann Arbor City Clerk's office—or one of their satellite offices at UMMA and the Dude—where you can register, request a ballot, fill it out, and submit it all at the same time. See election events listed above for information about Ann Arbor City Clerk satellite offices at UMMA and the Duderstadt Gallery.
You can register to vote in Michigan up to and including election day in person at your local clerk's office with proof of residency. See election events listed above for registration deadlines.
Requesting your ballot from your local clerk
If you're requesting an absentee/mail-in ballot, do it as soon as you can. You can request one online with a Michigan driver's license, or fill out a form and email it back to your local clerk. If you're mailing in the request, be sure it will be received by the deadline for that election—it is best to request your ballot as early as possible. You can request an absentee ballot in person at your local clerk's office 4:00pm the day before the election. See election events listed above for specific absentee ballot request deadlines.
Returning your absentee ballot
Return your absentee ballot as soon as possible. The easiest thing to do is to drop it off with your local clerk or in an official ballot drop box by 8:00 pm on election day. If you're mailing it in, the Michigan Secretary of State strongly recommends mailing your ballot at least two weeks ahead, and it must be postmarked by the day before the election. See election events listed above for specific absentee ballot return deadlines.
In person at your polling place
The polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all Michigan elections. Vote at your neighborhood polling location or, if you're a new or existing Ann Arbor voter, vote in-person at UMMA or the Duderstadt Gallery. Find your polling location →
Step 1: Check your registration and/or register to vote
Step 2: Learn about candidates and issues
Review voter guides in your community for information about local candidates and ballot measures, including the 2022 Nonpartisan Michigan College Voter Guide, created by nonpartisan organization TUT (Turn Up Turnout) and students from UM-Ann Arbor, UM-Dearborn, UM-Flint, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.
Step 3: Vote
International students, while ineligible to vote in U.S. elections, so enrich our community and contribute to democracy here and abroad. We welcome all our students in efforts to register voters, educate themselves and others on election topics, and advocate for issues that are important to them.
- Understanding the U.S. elections as an international student
Tips from the University of Michigan International Center
- Enter a Democracy Café, part of the Democracy & Debate theme semester
- Serve as a Michigan election worker
- Share your election, debate, or democracy-related, socially-distant activities on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using #fordschoolvotes
Vote-themed Zoom virtual backgrounds
Promote the vote on your Zoom calls. Remind others to cast their ballots and share that you've voted with one (or all!) of our limited-edition, Ford School-branded Zoom virtual backgrounds.
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President Gerald R. Ford
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