Go Vote. Go Blue. Here, we've gathered election and voting resources for the Ford School community.
Register to vote

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.

Particularly amid the pandemic, public health and election officials highly recommend that voters cast their ballots early or by absentee/mail. Those casting their ballots in person on election day should follow public health guidance, including wearing masks and maintaining at least 6 feet of distance from others inside polling locations.


Michigan voter checklist and deadlines

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, where you can register, request a ballot, fill it out, and submit it all at the same time.


You can still register to vote in Michigan up to and including election day in person at your local clerk's office with proof of residency.

Absentee voting

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.

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.

In person at your polling place

The polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all Michigan elections. Find your polling location → 

Resources for registering and voting

From registration to submitting your vote, knowing the election process in your state and making a specific plan to cast your ballot are important steps that'll make your voice heard. As you look at your voting checklist above, here are the places that'll help you make that happen.


Check your voter registration

Planning to vote, but not sure if you're actually registered? Or where you're registered? Find out now so that you can make any necessary registration updates prior to election day.
Read more about "Check your voter registration"

Register to vote in Michigan

Students may register to vote from their "home" address or their campus address. Michigan offers online voter registration and no-reason absentee voting.
Read more about "Register to vote in Michigan"

Register to vote in other states

Planning to vote in another state? TurboVote and the University of Michigan can help you get registered wherever you call home.
Read more about "Register to vote in other states"
Absentee / mail voting

Request, complete, and return your Michigan absentee ballot

Learn about voting from home and track the lifecycle of your absentee ballot through the Michigan Voter Information Center.
Read more about "Request, complete, and return your Michigan absentee ballot"
Going to the polls

Voting in person on election day

Polls in Michigan will be open from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm on election day. For the safety of others, wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance at your polling location.
Read more about "Voting in person on election day"

International students

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.

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.

Download the backgrounds from Box

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