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New! Ballot Power –

Ballot Power is a free service that uses Michigan Secretary of Stateʼs Qualified Voter File to help citizens check their voting status, apply for absentee voting and track their ballot through the Absentee Voting process to be sure their vote is counted to find out if you are registered and allows you to register.


Wave Michigan –

The WAVE link will take you to a site that allows you to request an absentee ballot application that can be completed online and that can provide you with your local clerk’s office. You can also register to be a WAVE recruiter and you can assist in increasing the voter base by making sure that your family and friends apply for and receive an absentee ballot.


Protectors of Equality in Government (PEG)

Find out about events, issues, and things to do to help support a fair election process, including training, volunteer, and paid positions for election workers. Sign up to receive the weekly newsletter on our website!



Michigan Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center has the following information:

Are you registered to vote?

Check to see if you are registered. Apply online or download the application.

Absentee voting allows you to vote-by-mail

Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now vote absentee without providing a reason. It’s a safe way to vote and protect your health, and the process is secure and accurate.

All registered voters have been sent applications to vote-by-mail, i.e., absentee ballot application. If you have not received your application, go to the Michigan Secretary of State’s webpage ( and follow the links on the left side of the page, or go directly to,4670,7-127-1633_8716_8728-21037–,00.html

To vote by mail, go to the link above and you can complete the application online, print and sign it, and then mail, fax or scan/email it to your local clerk (you can find their address and email here or go to the Michigan Secretary of State webpage – or you can complete the application electronically and submit it to your city or township clerk. Must have a visible signature. When filling out the application, if you check the box to be added to the permanent absent voter list, you’ll get an application mailed to you before every election. But there’s no commitment. Even if you apply to vote by mail, you can change your mind and vote in person.

You must be a registered voter to receive an absent voter ballot, but you can register and apply for an absent voter ballot at the same time. 

After receiving your absent voter ballot, you have until 8 p.m. on Election Day (local election day is August 4 and Presidential Election is on November 3) to complete the ballot and return it to the clerk’s office. Your ballot will not be counted unless your signature is on the return envelope and matches your signature on file. If you received assistance voting the ballot, then the signature of the person who helped you must also be on the return envelope.



Your response matters!!


The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next 10 years. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location. Your response shapes the future for your community for health clinics, fire departments, schools, and roads and highways.


Remember to complete the 2020 census online at

If you do not have a computer, there are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support. Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7 am to 2 am Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

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